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Albert Haslam
Albert Haslam as the Victorian conjuror "Professor Anderton"

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The business of fun

“Our business is fun” is a claim made by the several hundred families who travel to attend the numerous fairs held across the width and breadth of Great Britain. But what is involved in the so-called business of fun and why have some families felt it their calling to provide it for over 150 years? Devon’s famous Anderton and Rowland firm of travelling showmen, provides a fascinating insight into the work of travelling fairs. As their story demonstrates, the exotic livestock, the flamboyant showmen and impressive machinery is in danger of overshadowing the real-life difficulties faced by those living a nomadic life. The ‘living wagons’ and rides may have changed, but the business of fun remains much the same. More...

Words: Stephen Smith

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