A History of Newport Carnivals 1900-1960 by Bill Shepard and Brian Greening
This book tells the story of Newport’s Carnivals starting as early as 1900, events that were as eagerly anticipated in those days as Christmas. It was a time long before the many different types of entertainment that are so readily at hand today. Parents dressed up their employees joined in the fun too, changing horse drawn carts and those early old cars into galleons, crinoline ladies, beautiful swans and numerous other creations that must have taken hours of their spare time to compile. This book is full of photographs of those days now long gone and these contribute toward producing a record of our town’s social history, photographs that in many cases have never been seen other than by persons within the families that provided them.