dog and pony show---query

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Tue Aug 30 21:16:46 UTC 2005

Today I was asked the origin of  the expression "dog and pony show." Would anyone know? (I don't have OED at hand, but I do have HDAS, which gives 1957 as the first attestation. None of the citations offers insight to the origin.)

 Gerald Cohen

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