[Meiselas, Susan] New York: Noonday Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976. Oblong 4to. B&W pictorial wraps. 148 pp. Small tear to front cover. Two pages loose, laid in.
A collection of striking photographs and sensitive, humanizing interviews with carnival strippers, talkers, and managers. Meiselas photographed carnival girl shows in 1973-75 and this book delivers insight into a world that has long since vanished, for good or for ill.
Fun fact: the intensely rural county fair described in this text as having the most ill-behaved and lewd attendees was the county fair I grew up with. AMA.