Robert Ripley's  
"Believe It Or Not"
Robert L. Ripley (1893-1949)

Odditorium Venues:
1933 & 1934 Chicago "Century of Progress"
1935 "California Pacific International Exposition"
1936 "Texas Centennial Central Exposition"
1937 Cleveland, "Ohio Great Lakes Exposition"
1937 Dallas, "Greater Texas Pan-American Exposition"
1939-1971? "The Odditorium", 48th & Broadway, New York
(Moved to 45th & Broadway Late-1940's?)
1940 "New York World's Fair"
1940 Treasure Island, San Francisco
                              "Golden Gate International Exposition"
The Current Ripley's Museums 

A Complete List of Performers at Odditoriums:
-Bard, Roy "Ossified Man"
-Battley, Irene "Voltess"
-Blackburn, John Esau "Hairy-Man"
-Blystone, E.L. "Microscopic Writer"
-Broadbent, Betty "Tattooed Lady"
 -Bryant, B.A. "Human Pincushion"
 -Burke, Henry Paul "Ambidextrous Cartoonist"
 -Captain Ringman Mack
 -Coleman, Frank "Man With Steel Hands"
 -Coogan, Val "Prince Hagur, White Fakir"
 -Desmuke, Paul "The Armless Wonder"
 -Edema, Edward "Human Automobile Tire"
 -Eck, Johnny "Half-Boy"
 -Ensign, Orpha "Ossified Woman"
 -Everhart, Robert "Gurning & Grimacing"
 -Gardner, Roy "One Man Band"
 -Garneau, Mimi "Swordswallower"
 -Gawley, Andrew A. "The Steel-Fingered Wonder"
 -Grendol, Joseph "Swallows All"
 -Gravityo, The Great "Man of 1000 Thrills"
 -Hadji Ali "The Human Fountain"
 -Hall,  Earl "Smoky"
 -Homma "The Rice Writer"
 -Hayes, Anato "The Anatomical Wonder"
 -Hubbard, Skeets "Blockhead & Pulls Wagons By Eyelids"
 -Johnson, W.H. "Leopard Skin Man"
 -Jone, Harry "Contortionist"
 -Lambert, Zora "Razor Blades & Glass Eater"
 -Langevin, Alfred "Eye-Smoker"
 -Kanichka "Man With Ostrich Stomach"
 -Kehr, Clarence "Strong Boy"
 -King, Tommy "Tire-Pump Player"
 -Knox, Pierce "Blind Xylophonist"
 -Lake, Etta
 -Langevin, Alfred
 -Laurello, Martin "Revolving Head"
 -Lavardo "Voodoo Torturer Sword-Ladder"
 -Lewis, Forest "Man of Many Faces"
 -Loos, Arthur "Rubber-Necked"
 -McDaniel, Grace "Mule-Faced Woman"
 -McGregory, Harry & Evelyn "Lifts Weights With Eyelids"
 -McPherson, Lydia "Longest Red Hair In The World"
 -McWilliams, Paul "Big Mouth"
 -Marvello "Fingerless Pianist"
 -Mayfield, William "Doc" "Lifting Weights With Tongue & Eyelids"
 -Miller, James Marion A. "Calico Jim"
 -Morrell, Prof. & Mrs."Jack-Knife King & Queen"
 -Mortensen, Mort "Piano Wonder"
 -Nielsen, Rasmus "Lifts Anvil With Pierced Chest"
 -O'Dell, Larry "Count Fro-Zo Growing Man"
 -Omi, The Great "Tattooed"
 -Ortiz, Demetrio "Backwards Feet"
 -Ossified Harry
 -Plumhoff, Arthur "Human Pincushion"
 -Price, Edna "Sword and Neon Swallower"
 -Pushnik, Freda "Half-Girl"
 -Rankin, D.D. "Champion Whittler"
 -Rivers, C.L. & Blanche "Liquid Air"
 -Romano, Charles "Contortionist"
 -Russell, Francois "Strong Man"
 -Saylor, John "Gurner" 
 -Seyah, Albert "Contortionist"
 -Schmidt, Agnes "Rubber-Skinned"
 -Siciliano, Michael "Chain-Swallower"
 -Singlee "Fireproof Fakir"
 -Smith, Melvin "Twisto"
 -Stone, John R. "The Miracle man-Human or Robot?"
 -Swami See Ram Li  "Fireproof"
 -Thorpe, Clarence "Blindfolded Cartoonist"
 -Tritchler, Walter "Bottle-Player"
 -Tryarto "Ambidextrous Artist"
 -Von Lynd, Elma "Born With 3 Legs"
 -Whisant, Joan "Armless Guitarist"
 -Williams, Betty Lou "4 Legs, 3 Arms"
 -Williams, John "Alligator-Skinned"
 -Williams, Leopold "Leopard-Skinned Man"
 -Willard, Clarence
 -Whittaker, Paul "The Eye-Popper"
 -Zaharee, James W. "Microscopic Writer"

A Partial List of Exhibits:
 -Image of Hananuma Masakichi
 -Headless Living Woman

Competitors:
John Hix's "Strange As It Seems"
(Sideshow at New York World's Fair 1949)

 Multi-talented, appears in more than one category
 Appeared in Robert Ripley museum or cartoon
full article needed and/or forthcoming

Printed postcard of Robert Ripley and friend. from the Odditorium located at 48th & Broadway, New York City, 1939.