Thursday, February 13, 2014

Color Photos Show Everyday Life of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Chicago in the 1940s

Here's a collection of wonderful color photographs of daily life at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Chicago during the 1940s. All photographs were taken by Charles Cushman.

(Photos by Charles Cushman)


  1. The clown in the red plaid coat and big eyebrows was Lou Jacobs ( ) who worked for Ringling Bros., Barnum, and Bailey for over 60 years as an "auguste" clown,

    Mr Jacobs has the distinction of being the only living person to ever appear on a US Postage Stamp. His familiar face was used on much of the company's posters and advertising and a designer at the USPS wanting to do a circus stamp used his image without realizing that it was an actual person.

  2. Amazing and beautiful photos of things that are no more.

  3. Thank you for the info!

  4. The female (and male) acrobats were ripped to shreds! ( as in really lean) I really hope that folks will quit going on about how people were bigger in the 20th century. No, they were smaller. They didn't sit on their asses all day long online, gaming etc. And they didn't eat so much processed food.