A Blast from the Past… 1990’s Coney Island

The world is all abuzz about sideshows and freak shows this week with the debut of American Horror Story: Freak Show so I thought I’d follow up by posting some images I just came across from my first season in the Coney Island Sideshow. Recognize anyone?

Christine was straight from Hell and positively fire proof!
Christine Hell,  straight from Hell and positively fire proof!
Ladies, I'll show you now how I shave my legs!
Ladies, I’ll show you now how I shave my legs!
Christine Hell and Casper. the albino python
Christine Hell and Casper. the albino python
A young Todd Robbins
A young Todd Robbins
Cutting his teeth on a lightbulb an hour
Cutting his teeth on a lightbulb every hour
Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man
Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man
Showing off his Ma Kali backpiece
Showing off his Ma Kali backpiece
Getting tattoos is like eating potato chips, you can't have just one!
Getting tattoos is like eating potato chips, you can’t have just one!
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Ladies, if your sick of your man’s tongue waggin’ telling you what to do, here’s a sure fire way to do something about it!
Its Hammer Time!
Its Hammer Time!
Tongue impalement!
Tongue impalement!
Helon Melon- She's so big it take four men to hug her and a boxcar to lug 'er!
Helon Melon- She’s so big and so fat it takes four men to hug her and a boxcar to lug ‘er!
Helon resting backstage in her Dolly Dimples dress
Helon resting backstage in her Dolly Dimples dress
Yours truly as a young magician!
Yours truly as a young magician!
Dick Zigun and "Pookie" Valerie Haller
Dick Zigun and “Pookie” Valerie Haller
The first sword swallower I ever saw- Todd Knight, who later punctured his stomach after a fight with his girlfriend!
The first sword swallower I ever saw- Todd Knight, who later punctured his stomach after a fight with his girlfriend!
Todd Knight
Todd Knight
The Thunderbolt Rollercoaster
The Thunderbolt Rollercoaster
The Parachute Jump
The Parachute Jump
Boardwalk Fortune Teller
Boardwalk Fortune Teller
The B&B Carousel before it was destroyed by renovations.
The B&B Carousel before it was destroyed by renovations.
Sunset over Coney Island
Sunset over Coney Island
Man against the arm wrestling machine
Man against the arm wrestling machine
The Wonder Wheel
The Wonder Wheel
Laurel and Hardy at Spook-a-Rama
Laurel and Hardy at Spook-a-Rama
Neon Funny Face sign I designed for Coney Island USA and made with Chris Clark
Neon Funny Face sign I designed for Coney Island USA and made with Chris Clark

One thought on “A Blast from the Past… 1990’s Coney Island

  1. Nice photos, Fred…brings back some great memories…I have some performance pics of Michael and Ishtavuti you might like to see…somewhat earlier than these.

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