Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Chicago, ca. 1940s

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