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Damper

The cash register or till.

Dark Ride

Any ride in which the public ride through the dark.

Date

A show's engagement in a town.

Date Book

A book in which the show's route is listed.

Dead Heads

Non-spenders.

Deemer

A dime or 10-cent piece.

Diggers or Crane

A coin-operated, operator-guided (sometimes) grabber that goes after SLUM or sometimes coins or rolled bills, but often just air.

Dip

A pickpocket.

Dirty Legs

Ladies of questionable virtue that hang around the lot.

Dodg'em

A ride with an electrically charged ceiling and a running floor with dirigible cars.

Doniker

A toilet or restroom .

Doniker Location

A spot on the midway that isn't as good for business as other locations might be.

Doniker Sam

Man who PUNGS tips in restrooms.

Dooker

A SHILL or one who, while appearing to be one of the audience, is employed by the management.

Dookie Wagon

The office wagon where money IS handled.

Double Crank Galloper

The double-rank action comprised a mechanism which made the horses gallop and their legs move independently.

Drag the Midway

An early-day practice of some independent showmen on carnival midways of going to the front gate and enticing people down the midway to their attraction.

Dr. Doniker

The name given to a carnival employee who is a know-it-all.

Drome

A Motordrome. A silo-like wooden structure where men and women ride motorcycles and small automobiles on the straight up and- down wall.

Drop Case

A GAFF JOINT.

Ducats

Show, ride, and gate tickets.

Duck Pond

A merchandise HANKY-PANK.

Dukey

A meal ticket. A sack- or box lunch given to the working men when the carnival train had to make an extra long "jump" or DUKEY RUN between towns.

DukeyRun

A long move between towns.

 

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