Banvard’s Folly

I am halfway thru reading this book and can testify to its greatness, and to its allure for all WU-vies. I have already learned about so many hoaxes, weirdos and charlatans I never knew about before.

Here's how the book opens:




     Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 01, 2021
     Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams | History | Historical Figure | Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators | Inventions | New Age | Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal | Books | Goofs and Screw-ups





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The book sounds like a good read, will have to find/get a copy. Having said that...I did a search for John Banvard and found this page: https://www.southdakotamagazine.com/john-banvard-brush-with-success

An interesting biography.
Posted by Steve E. on 07/01/21 at 10:10 AM
Steve E: I don't think you'll be disappointed if you grab a copy, which you can do just by clicking on the link at the end of the post. As for Banvard not being mentioned anywhere--the book in question came out in 2001, so naturally there was much less info on the nascent Web.
Posted by Paul on 07/01/21 at 11:58 AM
I remember reading this way back when it first came out. I'd definitely second the endorsement!
Posted by Alex on 07/01/21 at 02:47 PM
Given that I usually cannot seem to see what is right in front of me...I can't seem to find the link...help!
Posted by Steve E. on 07/01/21 at 06:03 PM
ISBN-10 : 0312268866
ISBN-13 : 978-0312268862
Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck
Posted by eddi on 07/01/21 at 10:21 PM
Steve E: thanks for persisting! Perhaps the icon does not display with your browser. In any case, try this:

https://amzn.to/3dF5tsR
Posted by Paul on 07/02/21 at 11:41 AM
Thanks again Paul for a great site! Just ordered a copy.
Posted by Steve E. on 07/02/21 at 01:33 PM
WEIRD UNIVERSE would be nothing without readers like you, Steve E.!
Posted by Paul on 07/02/21 at 03:55 PM









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