Ringling Brothers circus girl, 1945

Ringling Brothers circus girl, 1945

Birthday flowers, 1941

Birthday flowers, 1941

Barnum & Bailey Showgirl, 1946

Barnum & Bailey Showgirl, 1946

Performer Lottie Brunn, 1949

Performer Lottie Brunn, 1949

Aerial ballet showgirl, 1949

Aerial ballet showgirl, 1949

Circus girl, 1950s

Circus girl, 1950s

Circus Showgirl, 1950

Circus Showgirl, 1950

Dailey Brothers Circus, 1950

Dailey Brothers Circus, 1950

King Brothers Circus, 1950

King Brothers Circus, 1950

Mardi Gras girl, 1952

Mardi Gras girl, 1952

Aerialist Pinito del Oro, 1953

Aerialist Pinito del Oro, 1953

Circus Performer Couple, 1954

Circus Performer Couple, 1954

Circus people, 1955

Circus people, 1955

Circus women, 1956

Circus women, 1956

Wardrobe wagon, 1959

Wardrobe wagon, 1959

All images from The Circus Book: 1870-1950 (Dominique Jando)

6 Responses

  1. Patches

    What great photos of circus stars from the age of canvas.
    I saw Lottie and her husband warming up for their act behind the back door curtain at the Shrine circus in Green Bay Wis. Must of been in the early 70′s. They were warming up by juggling seven (yes 7!) rings under a stairway! Amazing!
    Great performers of a great era. Patches the clown

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  2. Jihad PUNK

    I’m very curious if all of these people in the photos stayed in the circus for their whole lives, or if they left and settled down in the suburbs.

    great photos as usual. Thanks!

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  3. Lizbeth Rymland

    Have you considered giving permission with credit included for private use, for a website, for example? What are your parameters for sharing one or two of these photos with a project that will serve many?

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