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State Fair Side Show Attractions

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Description: State Fair barker announcing side show attractions to a crowd of children, featuring "Midget City, the World's Tiniest Entertainers" and "Baby Thelma, 619...
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Circus Performers and Animals

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Description: Fred and Ella Bradna, equestrian director and performer for Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey. There are several other performers and a dog, relaxing in t...
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Circus Performers Gather to View Eclipse

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Description: Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey circus performers gathered in front of a circus tent to view a solar eclipse. Some are wearing protective eyeglasses.
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Circus People with Fish

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Description: A crew of people from the circus, possibly Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey, holding up their catch after a fishing trip.
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Circus Parade Passing Confectionary

Date: 1909
Description: Circus parade passing Frederick and Mary Mark's confectionary. This view is north-northeast beyond the intersection of Williamson and Dickenson Streets.
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McCormick Catalog Art

Date: 1891
Description: Back cover illustration of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company catalog. Shows children and adults, some of them circus performers, inside a large tent...
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The Ringling Brothers Poster

Date: 1905
Description: A Ringling Brothers poster of "Kings of the Circus World," depicting Alfred, Al., Charles, John and Otto Ringling.
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Circus Parade

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Description: Circus parade at the corner of West Water and Grand Avenue. Crowds on the sidewalk and in horse-drawn vehicles watch horse-drawn cages and other vehicles w...
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Circus in Town

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Description: Crowds watch a circus parade at the corner of West Water and Grand Avenue. In the foreground are 4 people on horseback. Beyond them is a circus wagon beari...
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Kilbourn Circus Parade

Date: June 1868
Description: G.F. Bailey bandwagon, with band, and central elevated figure of Mazeppa legend on Broadway in Kilbourn City. Hitch is an Asiatic elephant led by paired dr...
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Circus Workers Give Elephants a Drink

Date: August 05 1927
Description: Two circus workers standing next to a water wagon pulled by a McCormick-Deering tractor. The men are providing water for three elephants outside the tents...
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Elephants Drink from Wagon Pulled by McCormick-Deering Tractor

Date: August 05 1927
Description: Elephants drinking water from a wagon pulled by a McCormick-Deering industrial tractor outside a circus tent belonging to the Sells-Floto Circus. Circus wo...
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Workers Pull Circus Wagon with Tractor

Date: August 05 1927
Description: Workers pulling a Sells Floto Circus wagon with a McCormick-Deering industrial tractor along the street of a town. In the background, children and adults a...
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Shriner Circus Sideshow

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Description: Dell Hammel offering tickets for a Shriner Circus sideshow of Dancing Girls. There are good indications that this photograph has been manipulated and is a...
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Peeking under the circus tent

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Description: By peeking under the circus tent, local boys find an alternative to paying the 25 cent admission fee to see the show.
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"Bumpsy" Anthony, Circus Clown

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Description: Circus clown, "Bumpsy" Anthony, stands in front of a tent.
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Clown in Polka-Dotted Suit

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Description: A clown wearing a small hat with a feather, a polka-dotted suit, and large gloves, stands near a tent.
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Spader Johnson the Clown

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Description: Spader Johnson dressed as a clown.
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Female Snake Charmer

Date: 1935
Description: A female snake charmer with the Cole Brothers Circus, watched by two children.
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Circus Wagon

Date: 1936
Description: A circus wagon, hitched to a truck cab, is parked across the street from three houses in a residential neighborhood.

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