"Strange As It Seems" at the 1939 New York World's Fair
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When Robert Ripley lost the freakshow franchise for the 1939 New York World's Fair, people expected great things from the showmen who won the contract. The legendary Lou Dufour and Joe Rogers were those showmen, and they did not disappoint with a bang-up show based on Ripley's rival John Hix's cartoon "Strange As It Seems."
Soon to famous "Midget Impresario," Nate Eagle managed the operation which boasted 16 elevated stages.
The following opening line-up was advertised in the May 20, 1939 Billboard with an amazing collection of human oddities: