Dr. H. May was an infamous huckster who traveled throughout the rural US between 1880 and 1910 with a large "medicine" show promoting his miraculous "Cure-All."
This highly decorated snake box housed the exotic snakes which were used as part of his bally-hoo spiel to attract customers for his "health" lecture and convince them to buy his tonic. Size: 23"H x 31"W x 22" D.
Accompanying this box is an original sideshow banner of the Alligator Woman. Great condition and coloration. Size: 60" x 45".
Provenance: James Eastland, Peabody, MA. Purchased from a New Hampshire family who were part of the original medicine show.
Nostrums and Quackery, The American Medical Association.
Medicine Shows: Conning People and Making Them Like It, Mary Calhoun.
"Traveling Medicine Shows," James Eastland.