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NY - 31 [??] {Begin deleted text}[??] File{End deleted text} Tales - Anecdotes

Wm. D. Naylor Page 14

— Earl Bowman

Mr. Naylor's Story of “The Dancing Turkeys”


“When a man's in the carnival business its a good deal like when he's playing the races; he's either in the mazuma big or he's on his heels and washing his own shirts. There doesn't seem to be any half-and-half spot he can land in. He's either broke or flush; he either makes it fast or don't make it at all.

“But that don't mean that a real carnival man is ever on the town. He keeps a front and eats...not because it is handed to him from a back door or in a bread-line, but because he figures out some way to make it on his own.

“You don't see any genuine old-time carnival bird working the street for a dime, or picking up crumbs from a kitchen back door. They're independent and even if they're down to the last two-bits you'd never know it by looking at them, or hear it from their own lips. They might do a lot of cussing in private; to themselves, but never a hard-luck story to the outsiders....

“They've always got some kind of an idea tucked back in their head that they can pull out and turn into ham-and-egg

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[The Dancing Turkey]
Contributor Names
Naylor, William D. (Author)
Created / Published
New York City, New York
Subject Headings
-  Anecdotes
-  Folklore
-  Medicine Show Tales
-  Narratives
-  United States -- New York -- New York City
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
Source Collection
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
Manuscript Division
Online Format
online text

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The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.

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Naylor, William D. The Dancing Turkey. New York City, New York. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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