|W. C. Fields as carnival sideshow barker Gabby Gilfoil in a scene from the 1927 Paramount Pictures film Two Flaming Youths.|
in the 1927 Paramount Pictures comedy silent film Two Flaming Youths,
|John Raitt as Billy Bigelow with Jan Clayton in 1945 original Broadway production of Carousel|
the protagonist of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic stage musical Carousel,
|Original Broadway posters (1945)|
Bigelow was an Americanized version of Liliom, the protagonist of Hungarian author Ferenc Molnár's non-musical play Liliom in 1909.
|Liliom original cast, Hungary, 1909|
Carnivals have been around for centuries and were often the scene of excessive consumption of alcohol, abusive language and occasional degrading acts, a temporary but much needed release from the constraints of societal rules and norms.
Time to let off the steam before Lent arrives with all its proscriptions and repentence...
|The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, Pieter Brueghel l'Ancien (1559)|
On the other side of the box customers are lined up, simple country folk, who paid good money to have a chance to peek into the box and be wowed by its mysterious content.
What could possibly be behind this door? roll the drums...
|Courtesy of the Sarunas Peckus Collection|
Nothing more than a simple county bumpkin taking his obligatory constitutional.