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July 21, 2014

Unbelievably Haunting Vintage Photos From the Circus

JoJo, the “Dog face Boy.” (1900). Hulton Archive / Stringer

Clementine Clatteaux Delait a bearded lady. (1907). Topical Press Agency / Stringer

German strongman Eugene Sandow and Goliath wrestling with “a bear.” (1910). Hulton Archive / Stringer

Anita, ‘the Living Doll’, sits for a portrait. (1912). Topical Press Agency / Stringer

A circus elephant balances on its front legs. (1920). General Photographic Agency / Stringer

A female contortionist. (1925). General Photographic Agency / Stringer

Daredevil Gladys Roy trains for her flying acrobatics by balancing on the rooftop of a skyscraper in Los Angeles. (1925). Topical Press Agency / Stringer

A member of Sir Robert Fossett’s family circus grooms the show’s boxing kangaroo. (1940). Felix Man / Picture Post / Getty Images

Mr Valenches holding two of his performing animals; a dog and a fox. (1908). Topical Press Agency / Stringer

Jacko and Bess, two mandrills who perform at the Olympia Circus in London, wearing a fancy suit and dress in imitation of a smart couple. (1931). Fox Photos / Stringer

Dixie the elephant from Whipsnade Zoo performs part of her repertoire with her keeper George Braham. (1932). Fox Photos / Stringer

Man crushes a block placed on the stomach of a strongman. (1930). Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Samson Brown, the world’s strongest man, lets a motorcycle run over him. (1934). Fox Photos / Stringer

A man carrying twins, two 36-year-olds who are part of a circus act, in his bags. (1935). General Photographic Agency / Stringer

Members of Bertram Mills Freak Show are examined by a medical profession. On the examination table is the ‘Giraffe Necked Woman’. (1935). Hulton Archive / Stringer

Facial contortionist Alfred Hyland, gurning during an exhibition in Glasgow. (1938). Fox Photos / Stringer

The director of the Sarrasani Circus poses with a Sioux family in South Dakota, whom he was presenting as part of his circus. (1930). Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Czech showman Baron Richard Nowak, 19, stands 21 inches high & weighs 17 lbs., blowing on a trumpet as he nestles inside tuba player of the Hamid-Morton Circus. (1940). John Phillips / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images

A seal performing in a harness, the trainer nearby, at a circus. (1942). Herbert Gehr / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images

A strongwoman balances a piano and pianist on her chest. (1920). FPG / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Gargantua the Great, the famous giant gorilla featured in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, sustained a scarred face when a sailor threw acid in his face on the ship from Africa. (1940). Alfred Eisenstaedt / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images

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1 comment:

  1. These Americans were forced to sell (at about 10¢ on the dollar) any property within 100 miles of the coast, even though they were 1000s of miles away in concentration camps.
    This clearly had NOTHING to do with military security and everything to do with stealing their productive farmland in California's Central Valley because by using traditional farming techniques and hiring Filipino workers they were out-producing their Anglo neighbors.
    In a history filled with atrocities, this stands out as one of America's most egregious.




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