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Peepshows: A Visual History Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998
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From the 16th century onward, peep-show boxes provided rich and varied entertainment and education for wide and appreciative audiences in city streets and village squares in Europe, the United States, China and Japan. Conceived by artists and scientists, peep-shows featured scenes of a nation's history, wonders of the ancient world, and panoramas of faraway places that amused and informed. Peep-show-men trundled their boxes far and wide to earn a living, and competed with other itinerant street entertainers for the attention of a crowd, until the peep-show virtually disappeared with the advent of cinema. This history, with text in both English and French, is illustrated with photographs of peep-show boxes, pictures that appeared inside them, and a rich collection of antique engravings, drawings, posters and prints that reveal how peep-shows were used and the way they appeared in everyday life.
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