Monday, July 02, 2012
I love this first photo, a wonderful look at Doctor Mal De Mer's Medicine Show, from the summer of 1958. I had another photo of this show recently, but this one is much better. The curvy showgirl is smiling so sweetly that I'll believe anything she says. You can see the Doc himself to the left, which is rare. I wonder if folks could actually buy some sort of souvenir bottles of snake oil? What an amazing artifact that would be!
From the same lot comes this rare interior of the "Little Red Schoolhouse" (see the exterior here). This genuine Kansas schoolhouse, built in 1879, was purchased by Walter Knott and relocated to the berry farm, complete with all of the original paraphernalia inside. Teacher stands near the cast iron stove while two young ladies look like they have done something naughty! The picture is a bit blurry, but considering how dark it was, it's a miracle that it came out at all.