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Topsy

The Startling Story of the Crooked-tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison
Daly, Michael (Book - 2013)
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At the turn of the century, the circus in America was at its apex with the circuses of P.T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh competing in a War of the Elephants, with declarations of whose pachyderms were younger, bigger, or more "sacred". This brought Topsy to America. In 1903, on Coney Island, Topsy was electrocuted, a victim of the War of the Currents, in which Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla battled over alternating versus direct current. Daly weaves together period Americana, circus tidbits and larger than life characters for an entertaining read. Describes how a circus elephant named Topsy was electrocuted in 1903 with 6,600 volts of alternating current as proof that it was much more dangerous than direct current in an ongoing dispute between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.
Authors: Daly, Michael, 1952-
Title: Topsy
the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: viii, 369 pages, 8 pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: The 200-pound baby
The Elephant
Barnum
The Elephantine Expedition
Ugly
The War between the States, the Battle of the Dwarfs
4-Paw
The fire, the plowing elephant, the panic, and the "dusky attendant"
Crooked tale, crooked tail
The continued magic of kindness and the first beauty contest
The Wizard
The White Elephant War
Eph's escape, pickpockets, and pink lemonade
The Tree of Knowledge and the Fearless Frogman
Another war begins
The executioner's experiments
The Chair
Westinghoused
Reading your own obituary
The great name vanishes
Topsy somersaults, gold dust and Duncan get a home
The Wizard's latest marvel and so many elephants
Sid Sorrows, Topsy traipses
Topsy and the tormentor
From Lady Moody to the billion-dollar smile
"Here I am! Here I am! Where are you?"
The big swim.
Summary: At the turn of the century, the circus in America was at its apex with the circuses of P.T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh competing in a War of the Elephants, with declarations of whose pachyderms were younger, bigger, or more "sacred". This brought Topsy to America. In 1903, on Coney Island, Topsy was electrocuted, a victim of the War of the Currents, in which Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla battled over alternating versus direct current. Daly weaves together period Americana, circus tidbits and larger than life characters for an entertaining read.
Describes how a circus elephant named Topsy was electrocuted in 1903 with 6,600 volts of alternating current as proof that it was much more dangerous than direct current in an ongoing dispute between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.
Local Note: 6 15 16 18 27 53 76 80 97 109 113 138 148 149 152 172 193 203 216 226 231 250 262
ISBN: 9780802119049
0802119042
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Daly
Subject Headings: Electrocution Experiments. Circus United States History. Inventors United States Biography. Circus owners United States Biography. Circus animals. Elephants. Topsy (Elephant) Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931. Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Topical Term: Electrocution
Circus
Inventors
Circus owners
Circus animals.
Elephants.
Topsy (Elephant)
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