Kansas City, MO: Curtis Folding Grand Stand Co.
Softcover. Very good. Undated, 1920s. 3.75 x 9 inches, oblong, stapled self-wrappers, with half-tone photographic illustrations and line drawings. Near fine. Although little known to the general public, William Hanford Curtis (1873-1955) was a legendary figure in the circus world, credited with having mechanized and modernized much of the equipment used to transport and erect circus tents and bandstands. He received a patent for his Folding Grand Stand in 1919. It was quickly adopted, as it decreased the amount of time needed for setting up and taking down audience seating for circuses and other outdoor events. This brochure showcases that time savings (e.g., a Hagenback-Wallace Circus grand stand is shown "being folded ready for transportation in 4 1/2 minutes") and also illustrates some of the technical features of the apparatus. Not located in OCLC.