Four white horses and a brass band.

Violet McNEAL

Published by Doubleday & Co., Inc.,,, 1947
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267 page hardcover, with dust jacket.Jacket has edgewear(includes small tears, up to 1/2 inch) Colorful , fun artwork on jacket; tide mark on the spine. Price on jacket is NOT clipped.Red cloth boards have one or two bumped corners, white lettering on the spine-cleanInside covers are several depictions of days gone by of peddlers on wagons all dressed for the period. There is a nameplate, hidden under the jacket flap.Otherwise, the book is markfreeSIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON A FREE front edgepage. First edition!Tight binding-clean pages 1947, hardcover edition, Doubleday, NY, 267 pages. A wild and woolly, true-life tale of a medicine show woman, who wandered up and down the country. She became a "pitchman extraordinaire," selling quantities of Tiger Fat and Vital Sparks (which "assured masculine virility"). Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Four white horses and a brass band.
Publisher: Doubleday & Co., Inc.,,
Publication Date: 1947
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very good +
Edition: 1st Edition.

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McNeal, Violet
Published by Doubleday & Company, New York (1947)
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Book Description Doubleday & Company, New York, 1947. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Stated First Edition. 267 pages. signed by the author on the first white page. "The incredible experiences of a medicine woman in the great medicine show days." spine of dj a bit faded, small chip from upper edge of front panel of dj and small chips from top of dj spine (dj now in mylar protector). Size: 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 ". Signed. Seller Inventory # 81949

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PATENT MEDICINE] McNEAL, Violet.
Published by Doubleday & Co., Inc.,, Garden City, NY: (1947)
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Book Description Doubleday & Co., Inc.,, Garden City, NY:, 1947. 8vo. [10], 267, [1] pp. Red cloth, white lettering on spine, photo-illustrated endpapers, w/ d.j. colour-illustrated cover art of woman handing out patent medicine from the back of a touring car (minor chipping head of spine, couple minor closed tears w/ old tape repairs), NF/VG- copy, presented to Hal V. Simpson, former Executive Vice President of the West Coast Lumbermen's Association from Robert Mahaffay, one of the editors for Ms. McNeal. First edition, signed, of this incredible memoir of a medicine woman who pitched patent medicines at the turn-of-the-century. McNeal left her Minnesota farm for St. Paul at age 16 and joined a medicine show, and in the process of learning to "pitch" the medicines for unwitting victims became addicted to opium. Her account of of cold turkey withdrawal from opium, and the practices in the early 20th century is perhaps one of the best primary sources in all literature, medical or otherwise. See: Ann Anderson, Snake Oil, Hustlers, and Hambones: The American Medicine Show (2000). Seller Inventory # 51262

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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. - 1947- Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York- FIRST EDITION- HARDCOVER, GOOD; light wear. DUST JACKET, GOOD; light wear, few small tears, hint of chipping, unclipped, has original price ($2.75) bright, whole and now wrapped in removable archival sleeve. MEDICINE MEN and WOMEN, MEDICINE SHOWS, SNAKE OIL SALESMEN, OPIUM DENS.TRUE CONFESSIONAL from the world of medicine shows, pitchmen, chumps, suckers, fixers and shills, as the author writes of her life with Will who taught her to smoke opium, become a mind reader and finally to have a pitch of her own. She learned of a world which reversed and perverted the lessons of her childhood, she believed the diamonds and the glamor worth the fear she had for Will, and the insecurities of the profession. She made many tries to break her DRUG HABITS, she tried too to break away from Will, and with Fred, was at last successful; she kept up with the changing fashions in routines, and finally made a happy marriage with Mac. A story that EXPLORES A LITTLE KNOWN WORLD, and reveals its SECRETS , that depends somewhat on shock material for interest. 267 pp. RARE, VINTAGE AMERICANA. Seller Inventory # ABE-18268059552

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McNeal, Violet
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Book Description Doubleday, 1947. FIRST EDITION. FOUR WHITE HORSES AND A BRASS BAND, Doubleday, 1947, first edition, vg+ in vg dust-wrapper with some slight wear and tear. A not so fictionalized account of the authors life in the touring medicine shows at the turn of the century. SIGNED by the author. Seller Inventory # 11959

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