1977. Item #16536
McKennon, Joe. Logistics of the American Circus. "Written by a Man Who Was There." Sarasota, FL: Carnival Publishers 1977, 1984. 2 vols.: 112p and 84p (supplement), each with many photos and a few line ills. Good paperbounds (covers and some page margins of first volume are stained). ** Everything you could want to know about the behind-the-scenes running of a 30-car circus--its organization, load in and out (much on transporting and handling the tents), crews, departments (props, blacksmith shop, etc.), animals, railroad travel, etc. etc. Detailed and candid (the men in charge of "valuable horses and animals on all the shows" were "illiterate little better than half wits"). The supplement is devoted to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. There is nothing about the performers. The author was a circus trouper and owner-manager of a tented theatrical company. Can be sent outside the U.S. for less than the default shipping rate.