A Risque Banner Line

Posted By on May 5, 2011

This was on Burke’s Carnival midway 1939. I hesitated to post this, then I remembered that shows such as this were part of our circus and carnival history. Norman Prather painted the banner lines and he owned the show. The lady out front is a “come on”.  She misled the men by standing in a pose.  They thought they would see her nude when inside, but all they saw was painting of partially nude women hanging from the sidewall and racks.  There were a lot of disappointed men and quite a few beefs !  The sign was big and bold and during a disagreement they would just point to the banner.


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My name is Ivan M. Henry and I am the 4th generation of a circus/show business dynasty. I hope you enjoy the blog.


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