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(Daily Mail)   It's state fair time. Here's a look back at WV's in 1938. Check out the headless girls, bearded dwarves and The Man Without a Stomach. But enough about the attendees, come on inside and look at the stuff the fair has to offer   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 55
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2012-08-08 12:05:39 AM  
That old, chinless woman? That exact look / profile exists regularly in WV natives to this day.

/except, not necessarily that old
 
2012-08-08 12:31:52 AM  
How did they do that headless woman thing?
 
2012-08-08 01:29:29 AM  
Is August state fair time? Not around here it's not.
 
2012-08-08 01:35:46 AM  
What's with the long face?
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-08-08 03:54:22 AM  
Orthodontia is a wonderful thing. My sister would have looked like that if it wasn't for the head brace as a kid.
 
2012-08-08 06:20:21 AM  
1938?

shiat, I'd hit that NOW.

img.photobucket.com

/If I had the chance
//Although now she's at least 103...
 
2012-08-08 06:43:23 AM  
Ah yes, The Daily Mail. Taking a break from foaming at the mouth about the "too ethnic" Olympic opening ceremony and the "plastic brits" in Team GB to publish a few old photos and generate a bit of ad revenue for their racist shiatrag of a newspaper.
 
2012-08-08 06:46:52 AM  

loveblondieo: How did they do that headless woman thing?


She's in a decorated box, with her head sticking up through a hole.

Truly an example of the Dark Arts...

/as was the minstrel show...
//aisle seat
 
2012-08-08 06:49:15 AM  
I heard Rmoney's horse was performing in the Olympics this year.

But enough about Ann Rmoney...
 
2012-08-08 06:53:47 AM  
Do they still have nudity at state fairs? If not, why not?
 
2012-08-08 07:14:30 AM  
I came for a picture of the hermaphrodites... or at least, I wanted to, but it turns out they didn't have one.

/It's never as good as they say it is anyway.
 
2012-08-08 07:16:03 AM  
Sox SweepAgain
1938?
shiat, I'd hit that NOW.

you dig up the coffin and i'll pry it open.
 
2012-08-08 07:24:17 AM  
So where was the headless woman? Was she behind the bodiless head?
 
2012-08-08 07:31:52 AM  

untaken_name: Do they still have nudity at state fairs? If not, why not?


Because being around toothless, in-bred hill jacks trying to throw darts at balloon to get the latest Budweiser mirror or Hank Williams Jr. hat/roach clip while stinking of cheap cigarettes and stale whiskey while they wear clothes is bad enough...

/howboutno.jpg
 
2012-08-08 07:32:33 AM  
I've been reading these old life magazines on Google books. I started with December 1941 and read through the rest of WWII into 1946. I then went back and started at the beginning in 1936. It's fascinating to see the attitudes of the time.
 
2012-08-08 07:32:43 AM  

starlost: Sox SweepAgain
1938?
shiat, I'd hit that NOW.

you dig up the coffin and i'll pry it open.


I'd rather a time machine that has 30's capability.
 
2012-08-08 07:34:18 AM  

starlost: Sox SweepAgain
1938?
shiat, I'd hit that NOW.

you dig up the coffin and i'll pry it open.


"It" being the coffin, I hope. I'm sure the resident won't put up much of fight.
 
2012-08-08 07:39:59 AM  
Burra: So where was the headless woman? Was she behind the bodiless head?

They're talking about the daily fail editor...
 
2012-08-08 07:40:50 AM  

SoxSweepAgain: 1938?

shiat, I'd hit that NOW.

[img.photobucket.com image 470x586]

/If I had the chance
//Although now she's at least 103...


Is that Mathew McConaughey behind her in the band?
 
2012-08-08 07:48:41 AM  
I was disappointed there were no pics of monkeys racing in motorcars as stated. I guess the Polly Ann dancers make up for it.
/fap, fap
 
2012-08-08 07:58:05 AM  

CeroX: untaken_name: Do they still have nudity at state fairs? If not, why not?

Because being around toothless, in-bred hill jacks trying to throw darts at balloon to get the latest Budweiser mirror or Hank Williams Jr. hat/roach clip while stinking of cheap cigarettes and stale whiskey while they wear clothes is bad enough...

/howboutno.jpg


How observant of you. It is my privilege merely to post in the same thread as you, sir. My life is immeasurably better to have even interacted with you, albeit only peripherally. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, even though I am not worthy of your attention, you insufferable prick.
 
2012-08-08 08:01:30 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

Step right up. Step right up. Come and see the "Hall of Copyright Infringement" Fer a nickel you get to see all your favorite characters royalty free. Just a nickel for the gents, just a nickel for the ladies. A penny for kids 10 and under. If yer a lawyer for the plaintiffs, the cost is a mere $10,000. Step right up, step right up....
 
2012-08-08 08:03:59 AM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: That old, chinless woman? That exact look / profile exists regularly in WV natives to this day.

/except, not necessarily that old


As a child in WV in 1964, I went to a fair like that. There was a peep show, and nickelodeons with dirty moving pictures, and a freak show with all sorts of freaks. One in particular, haunts me to this day. Actually haunts me as an apparition.
It was Bertha. She had done things to herself to become a professional freak. She had gorged on food for years to become obese, morbidly. She had exotic tattoos all over her body, which she showed off in a closed tent. She had bits of metal sticking out of her face where she and been pierced and had an ice pick through her lip and razors sticking out of her ears.
This apparition still haunts me and I see her all over. She appears randomly at wall mart, at the dollar store, at McDonalds, and yes, even at the state fair. At the fair, she isn't hidden behind a tent. She just walks around freely and as a ghost, only I can see her. No one else walking by is apparently mortified by this hulking, disgusting, mountain of stained and magnetic flesh as she consumes her way down the midway, eating everything in sight.
I'd tell my shrink, but she'd think I'm nuts.
 
2012-08-08 08:05:54 AM  
We accept you, one of us! Gobble gobble!
 
2012-08-08 08:08:36 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

Long before it became unfashionable and a turn off sexually, Gretta Shiskoombah and her Sharped Kneed Review wowed the men folk from coast to coast. Gretta recruited only the loveliest of ladies with the sharpest of knees for her erotic dance act.

It was a very popular act that was the highlight of many fairs but they were forced to disband after a newspaper Letter to the Editor criticized the look. It was written by Stud ManSixtyNine Sr. who allegedly question the allure of sharp knees.

Here, the ladies prepare to go on stage with a final knee check.
 
2012-08-08 08:11:34 AM  
I don't have anything to add to the this thread, but I just wanted to say that the ad for Hiscox Small Business Insurance is the funniest thing I've seen on Fark (or anywhere else) today.
 
2012-08-08 08:14:58 AM  
What movie did William H. Macy play a midget in?
 
2012-08-08 08:20:19 AM  

Mad Mark: I was disappointed there were no pics of monkeys racing in motorcars as stated.


This I want pictures of Monkey racers.
 
2012-08-08 08:21:11 AM  

CeroX: untaken_name: Do they still have nudity at state fairs? If not, why not?

Because being around toothless, in-bred hill jacks trying to throw darts at balloon to get the latest Budweiser mirror or Hank Williams Jr. hat/roach clip while stinking of cheap cigarettes and stale whiskey while they wear clothes is bad enough...

/howboutno.jpg


Er, it wasn't the local yokels getting nude, dude.
 
2012-08-08 08:39:22 AM  

Tom_Slick: Mad Mark: I was disappointed there were no pics of monkeys racing in motorcars as stated.

This I want pictures of Monkey racers.



seconded. That could be either the most horrible or flat out awesomest thing ever.
 
2012-08-08 08:54:05 AM  
Behold, the power of Teh Intarwebs:
api.ning.com

api.ning.com
 
2012-08-08 08:58:02 AM  
"I know I should be having fun at the State fair, but I can't stop thinking about that Gale kid's wretched little dog. God I hate that thing. Hmm, are those storm clouds?"

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-08-08 08:59:41 AM  
i.dailymail.co.ukwww.wearysloth.com

Can it be?
Time period is about right.
 
2012-08-08 09:04:11 AM  

vudukungfu: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: That old, chinless woman? That exact look / profile exists regularly in WV natives to this day.

/except, not necessarily that old

As a child in WV in 1964, I went to a fair like that. There was a peep show, and nickelodeons with dirty moving pictures, and a freak show with all sorts of freaks. One in particular, haunts me to this day. Actually haunts me as an apparition.
It was Bertha. She had done things to herself to become a professional freak. She had gorged on food for years to become obese, morbidly. She had exotic tattoos all over her body, which she showed off in a closed tent. She had bits of metal sticking out of her face where she and been pierced and had an ice pick through her lip and razors sticking out of her ears.
This apparition still haunts me and I see her all over. She appears randomly at wall mart, at the dollar store, at McDonalds, and yes, even at the state fair. At the fair, she isn't hidden behind a tent. She just walks around freely and as a ghost, only I can see her. No one else walking by is apparently mortified by this hulking, disgusting, mountain of stained and magnetic flesh as she consumes her way down the midway, eating everything in sight.
I'd tell my shrink, but she'd think I'm nuts.


That's not a ghost. You've just had a Juggalette sighting.

Still really scary though.
 
2012-08-08 09:05:22 AM  

perigee: Behold, the power of Teh Intarwebs:
[api.ning.com image 583x341]

[api.ning.com image 640x554]


i1151.photobucket.com
Those monkeys aren't really driving. They're simply strapped in moving rail-cars by their dwarf overlord!
Not cool, man! NOT COOL!!
 
2012-08-08 09:06:24 AM  

oldfarthenry: perigee: Behold, the power of Teh Intarwebs:
[api.ning.com image 583x341]

[api.ning.com image 640x554]

[i1151.photobucket.com image 316x400]
Those monkeys aren't really driving. They're simply strapped in moving rail-cars by their dwarf overlord!
Not cool, man! NOT COOL!!


It probably beats sitting around in a cage all day.
 
2012-08-08 09:06:37 AM  
Red Shirt Blues: What's with the long face?
[i.dailymail.co.uk image 470x677]


Sara Jessica Parker has let herself go
 
2012-08-08 09:23:27 AM  
I was in WV last week and it looked to me like the fair is still going strong.
 
2012-08-08 09:50:29 AM  
February is Florida State Fair time, suckaz.
 
2012-08-08 10:04:56 AM  

tricycleracer: February is Florida State Fair time, suckaz.


Which explains everything why FARK has a Florida tag.....

///NYS Fair starts in two weeks - I go about once every couple of years. Believe it or not, it is like the third largest state fair in the country. Go for the great food, stay to see the all the eye candy walking around in tight tshirts and shorts.

Where's my PB shirt?
 
2012-08-08 10:14:34 AM  
I lived in Greenbriar County for a couple of years when I was a kid (late 70's) and the pics in the article are the precursor to the state fairs they hold today in Fairlea just a few miles down the road from Lewisburg. All jackass comments aside, it's actually a very beautiful part of the state and the people there are some of the nicest and hardest working folks you can find anywhere.

Fair days are when people would get dressed up in their finery (other occasions were church, weddings, funerals) and go attend the 4H events, ride the rides and maybe go gawk at the freak shows on the midway. Most all of those people did one of three things: farming, timber or, if they could get the job and were up to the drive, coal mining. None of the towns in the county tops 4000 people these days and it's a big county...so fair days back then were a great opportunity for people to socialize and remake acquaintances.

Anyway, as state fairs go, it's one of the last ones that's actually still a lot like they started out as.
 
2012-08-08 10:21:28 AM  
Hermaphrodites? Did they actually, you know, show it?
 
2012-08-08 10:48:59 AM  
Is it wrong for me to really wonder what her skull looks like? That's just gotta be a weird looking mandible.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-08-08 10:50:33 AM  
What dummies. They call a woman's head "headless?"
 
2012-08-08 10:53:11 AM  

buckler: Hermaphrodites? Did they actually, you know, show it?


That costs you extra.
 
2012-08-08 11:02:20 AM  
The WV state fair is a hell of a good time. Carnival rides, great fried-food-on-a-stick selections, some pretty entertaining shows, and fairly big-name concert acts for it being a state fair.

Mind you, you'll never see a parking lot full of old beaters with "Farm Use" spray-painted on the side anywhere else, but it's still a good time.

The Charleston Sternwheel Regatta was another great party until someone said "but think of the kids" and pulled the beer sales from it back in the day without realizing that you needed that money to get quality acts. I saw the Charlie Daniels Band live when I was a kid, Collective Soul played there as well.
 
2012-08-08 11:08:15 AM  

untaken_name: CeroX: untaken_name: Do they still have nudity at state fairs? If not, why not?

Because being around toothless, in-bred hill jacks trying to throw darts at balloon to get the latest Budweiser mirror or Hank Williams Jr. hat/roach clip while stinking of cheap cigarettes and stale whiskey while they wear clothes is bad enough...

/howboutno.jpg

Er, it wasn't the local yokels getting nude, dude.


no shiat...

is everyone's snark meters broke today?

yeesh!
 
2012-08-08 11:14:48 AM  

BenJammin: What dummies. They call a woman's head "headless?"


a floating head does imply that there is, somewhere, a woman with no head.
 
2012-08-08 11:26:47 AM  

fireclown: BenJammin: What dummies. They call a woman's head "headless?"

a floating head does imply that there is, somewhere, a woman with no head.


Maybe she was was born that way. But even if she did have a body at one time, it's the head, not the body that is on display.
 
2012-08-08 11:47:36 AM  
I remember it like it was yesterday. A buddy of mine and myself having recently turned 16 and just started driving decided to go to the "Big" county fair in Western PA back in the fall of 1976. After walking around and figuring out that most of the midway games were a waste of time and money, the girly show tent caught our eye but we figured it would be a huge disappointment like most of the other attractions. It was then I ran into another friend that convinced me that it was the real deal and that we should give it a look.

Imagine if you will the sheer joy of seeing for the first time, live, closeup, completely nude, in your face, young women's naughty bits. The best part of the act was one of the girls removing the glasses of a few guys in the first row with her thighs. At the time I did not wear glasses so I begged my buddy to borrow his to which he replied for me to go fark myself.

Needless to say we ended up watching the show several more times that night until we were out of money.

/CSB
//Was hard to walk out of the tent because of my own tent
///tent
 
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