Daily Image | Fairground Sideshows

Daily Image – in the 19th century, before the development of mechanical attractions, sideshows were the central attraction of most funfairs. Typical shows included wild animals, freak shows, wax works, boxing/wrestling challenges and theatrical shows. Boxing shows went into decline when in 1947 the British Boxing Board of Control prohibited appearances of licensed members in fairground boxing booths. An echo of the boxing booth remains with boxing or punchball machines being common around fairgrounds.

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