Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A curious crowd gathers to watch Doctor Mal de Mer's Medicine Show in this great photo from January 1960. There must have been a chill in the air judging from all of the overcoats.The Doc appears to have recruited a lovely assistant to sing the praises of his snake oil. In the darkness just to the left of her, you can see an arm holding a banjo, so music was involved at some point. If only a vintage recording of this show survived! PS.... hats!
A smaller group mills around down in the pit where you could pan for real gold. I'll bet that water was cold! Red jackets were "in" for boys at that time... wonder why? It looks like some fake ice or snow was scattered about for the Christmas season.
Here's another angle taken at about the same time (looks like some of the same red jackets down there). Maybe the kids were on their Christmas school break; Knott's would be a great place to go to keep them entertained!