Carnival Punks; Artfully Macabre

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When I was a kid I would (if I was good) get to go to the amusement park. Amusement parks like County Fairs tended to have carnival attractions. For anyone who has ever been to a carnival or an old fashioned amusement park as a kid, the sounds, sights and smells stay with you. 

My local amusement was on the ocean so these images of Carnival punks, weird dolls that you knocked down with a ball to win a prize, conjure up the smell of popcorn and the ocean; the taste of cotton candy; creepy looking carny operators and a feeling of ecstatic excitement. 

What makes them interesting to me is that they are a form of outsider art and are therefore very collectible. They are at the same time macabre and kind of beautiful, each in its own way. 

 

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The poor cat, pictured above, is missing his fuzzy side hair but he still has his glasses. He looks very intelligent. I am not sure if he is named Mike or created by Mike.

Carnival-Punk-Baseball-Heads (1)The above Baseball Carnival punks date to the 1930's. I haven't seen anything else like them.

3633742_sThe above punks date back to the 19th century.

 

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I don't know who created this thing but I am glad I never met him — Very creepy.

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