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 Collection: The Carpa Cubana Collection and the Sabino Gomez Photograph Collection
[Abreu Troupe Performing a Stunt]
Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe performing a stunt in front of a wooden structure. To the left of the photograph, a woman balances on the shoulders of a man. On the right of the photograph, two men stand several feet away from the couple with their arms outstretched. A boy is in midair between the two groups, appearing to have jumped from the woman's shoulders and preparing to land in the men's arms. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200959/
Abreu Troupe Performing at the Mendota Carnival
Photograph of the Abreu family acrobats performing on a stage situated between large storefronts at the Mendota Carnival. One member of the troupe is balancing two more members on his shoulders while a large crowd surrounds the stage. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201103/
Abreu Troupe Practicing Stunts
Photograph of the Abreu Troupe practicing in front of a barn. A man and a woman are in the motion of tossing a third member into the air when the photograph was taken. A man stands to the right, prepared to catch the third member. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201105/
[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]
Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe performing a basket toss. Two men join arms to throw a third man into the air. The third man is performing a somersault in mid-air, while two other men reach out to catch him. The troupe is practicing in front of a wooden structure. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200960/
[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]
Postcard of the Abreu Troupe practicing a stunt for their circus act. A man and woman on the left side of the postcard extend their arms as they throw a third man into the arms of another performer. The man being thrown is in mid-air between the couple and the performer to the right, prepared to catch him. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200963/
Adolph Family On Christmas Morning
Photograph of the Adolph children, Victoria Abreu's grandchildren, on Christmas morning. Both of the boys are sitting on the hearth facing away from the camera, leaning into the fireplace and wearing one piece pajamas with built-in feet. Two stockings hang above the fireplace and have the two children's names, Billy and Alan, written across them. A chalkboard with the words "Merry Christmas the Adolphs" lies on the back of a chair. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201036/
Adolph's Christmas Card
Photograph of baby Adolph wearing a shirt-sleeved sweater. The portrait is taken from the waist up. The smiling baby facing left. The photograph is encased in a Christmas card with a green cover and back. The cover reads "Merry Christmas" in silver lettering, and features a small drawing of a pine tree. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201035/
[Amelia and Angela in Costume]
Photograph of Angela Cardenas and Amelia, dressed in performance costumes for the Carpe Cubana circus. Angela stands on the right wearing a yellow dress with a large yellow hat. Amelia holds hands with Angela, facing left and wearing a pink dress with purple trim. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200999/
[Atardecer Lake]
Postcard photograph of Patzcuaro Lake, also known as Atardecer Lake in Guadalajara, Mexico. The photograph is cast in relief from the setting sun disappearing behind a line of mountains that stretch across the photograph. Several clouds filter sunlight onto to the lake in an irregular pattern. A dock is just visible to the right of the photograph, slightly below where the mountain line meets the lake waters. A hand-written inscription on the front of the postcard reads "Atardecer Lago de Patzcuaro No. 19. A letter to Federica Abreu is addressed on the back. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200984/
Balancing Act
Photograph of aerialists performing a trick on stage for a large crowd of onlookers. One aerialist balances on a large ball on top of another man's shoulders. Two other performers stand behind the balancing act. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201126/
Band Performance
Photograph of a band performing for a large crowd. A conductor in a white suit directs the band, who is seated in bleachers. The band is wearing matching uniforms consisting of a cap and suit embroidered with gilt trim. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201127/
Barnum and Bailey Circus Cars
Photograph of a group of performers from the Barnum and Bailey Circus standing outside of a highly-decorated rail car. All members of the group are dressed in their performance costumes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201149/
Barnum and Bailey Clown
Photograph of a clown wearing a large hat and over-sized clothing, including a large bow around his neck, a white overcoat, and large shoes. The clown points his right finger in the air, as if gesturing to something beyond the camera's scope. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201155/
Barnum and Bailey Clowns
Photograph of two clowns at a performance of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The clown in the front of the photograph holds his hat in his hands and bows to the photographer. The clown behind him holds a chicken in his hands as the crowd of spectators looks on. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201163/
Barnum and Bailey French Postcard
Postcard containing one large photograph of the Barnum and Bailey circus tents and five small photographs underneath it. Several captions are written in French on the front of the postcard. The postcard is addressed to Alfredo Gomez in Monterrey, Mexico. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201137/
Basilica Maya
Postcard depicting Basilica Maya, a church in Peru. The church is large and many storied, featuring classic Castillon architecture. Many buildings surround the church, featuring similar architecture. On the back of the postcard, a letter is written to Federica Abreu from Anita and Lalo. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200980/
The Bell Sisters
Photograph of the Hermanas Bell (Bell Sisters), a sing-and-dance act that was a part of the Barnum and Bailey circus. The women are dressed in matching costumes consisting of shirts with tiered layers underneath floral vests. The shirts are tucked into floor length floral skirts and high-heeled shoes. Flowers are woven into their curled hair. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201172/
Bilito in Graduation Dress
Photograph of Bilito and Victoria posing with an unidentified woman the day of Bilito's graduation. Bilito is dressed in a commencement cap and gown, and has his arms linked with Victoria, who stands to his left. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201071/
Boy Scout in Uniform
Photograph of a Boy Scout in full uniform. He rests on a stool against a floral patterned wall, wearing a single breasted jacket with several medals pinned to it, cap, pants, and lace-up boots. One foot rests on a piled rug while the other hangs in mid-air. A letter is inscribed in Spanish on the opposite side. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201042/
Bridge at Puente de Mercedes
Photograph of Mercedes Bridge. The bridge runs across a large body of water surrounded by foliage. The unadorned bridge is supported by square beams that extend into the river. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201040/
Building a Fence
Photograph of a woman building a fence of chicken wire around several posts in a back yard. The woman wears a jacket over a long dress and bonnet, in front of a two-story home surrounded by thin vegetation and sand. A hand-written note in Spanish on the back of the photograph reads "Mama is fixing a place for Chino, Bilito's Dog." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201053/
[Carpe Cubaba's Show Truck in Flood Water]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's show truck in La Feria, Texas. The camp had been flooded, and five members of the circus stand around the truck, trying to move it out of the knee-high water. The men wear loose-fitting sleeveless shirts and shorts. A horse is also attached to the truck in an attempt to free the truck from the flood waters. A hand-written inscription in white reads "CUBAN SHOW. TRUCK NO. 2, LA FERIA TEX. 5/29/29." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200966/
[Carpe Cubana Dancers]
Photograph of two Carpe Cubana dancers. Both dancers are dressed in traditional Spanish attire. The woman stands in front of the man with her head against his shoulder. A large tent is visible behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201020/
[Carpe Cubana Performers in Costume]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana performers wearing Native American dress. Each performer is standing in a different pose. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201013/
Carpe Cubana Ringmaster and Family
Photograph of Edwardo Sanchez, the ringmaster of Carpe Cubana circus, standing between two vehicles with Don Vejelio, Mr. and Mrs. Abreu, and Sr. Agilera. Edwardo stands to the left of Federica Abreu. The group of people are wearing long overcoats and hats. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201059/
[Carpe Cubana Tent]
Photograph of a Carpe Cubana circus tent. The large tent is set up in a wooded area. Several people are visible sitting inside the tent. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201012/
[Carpe Cubana Wire Walker]
Photograph of a Carpe Cubana wire walker. The man is balancing with his arms stretched outward with a look of intense concentration on his face. He is wearing a white shirt and pants, with a dark-colored tie around his neck and matching cummerbund. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201016/
[Carpe Cubana's Circus Tent]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's circus tent, complete with two flagpoles. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201023/
[Carpe Cubana's Flooded Camp]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's flooded camp in La Feria, Texas. Several members of the crew stand in front of a tent posing for the camera. The flood waters reach up to the crew member's knees. One man balances on a barrel floating in the water. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200968/
[Carpe Cubana's Flooded Show Camp]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's circus camp in La Feria, Texas. The camp had been flooded, and members of the circus stand together in knee-high water. Some members of the circus carry household goods such as pots, bags of food, and fold-up chairs. Several men sit in the water, and one man even balances a teacup on his head. Plain tents are visible behind the circus members. A hand-written inscription written in white reads "CUBAN SHOW CAMP," and "LA FERIA TEX. 5/29/29." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200965/
Charlie Chaplin Clown
Photograph of two clowns shaking hands in front of a circus tent. The clown on the right is imitating Charlie Chaplin. He chews on the end of a cigar and leans on a cane while wearing a bowler hat and suit. The clown on the left wears a similar suit and a crumpled cap. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201184/
Child Wearing Cowboy Hat
Photograph of a small boy viewing several photographs in front of a house. He is standing behind a wrought iron gate wearing a cowboy hat, short-sleeved shirt and shorts. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201032/
Christmas Greetings Postcard
Postcard depicting a bough of a fir tree covered with snow and draped in Christmas bells. A second image imposed on the fir bough depicts a small home surrounded by snowy mountains and fir trees. "Christmas Greetings" is written on the front of the card. A letter addressed to Sabino Gomez is written in Spanish on the back of the card, dated December 24, 1914. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201178/
Church Scene from Maria Osuna
Postcard of a village nestled in a mountainous region. The tall steeple of a church is visible above the cluster of small buildings. Two cows graze in the pasture in front of the village. A letter addressed to Sabino Abreu at the Ringling Brothers Circus in Grand Rapids, Michigan is written in Spanish on the back of the postcard. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201176/
Circus Crew
Photograph of Barnum and Bailey outdoor circus. Crowds of civilians mill around outside of the tents. An inscription on the photograph reads "#4 copyright 1910 by Wischuster, Barnum & Bailey's Circus, May 21, 1910. New York." A letter addressed to Sabino Abreu is written in Spanish on the back of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201135/
Circus Crew
Photograph of a large number of circus performers standing outside of a large building. A road runs to the right of the crowd of circus performers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201134/
Circus Lot
Photograph of a plot of land where a circus performance is in the set-up process. The lot is surrounded by a run-down fence. Several family homes are visible beyond the collection of circus tents. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201132/
Circus Parade Unrolling Canvas
Photograph of the Ringling Brothers Parade in Asheville, North Carolina. Circus workers are unrolling yards of canvas from the train, pictured left. The railroad station is crowded with onlookers watching the circus unload. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201107/
Circus Performer in Frog Costume
Photograph of a man dressed in a frog costume climbing a tree. The costume consists of a one piece, dark-colored suiting covering his hands and feet. The man's head and neck are covered with a three-dimensional form of a frog's head. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth200967/
Circus Performers
Photograph of circus performers in front of a decorated sidecar. The twelve male performers and four female performers are dressed in highly-decorate costumes. The sidecar is decorated with flowers and birds. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201140/
Circus Performers and Personnel
Photograph of performers and personnel of the Ringling Brothers Circus. The photograph was taken inside of a large tent. The group of men consist of some members dressed in full costume while others are dressed in plain clothes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201147/
Circus Performers in Costume
Photograph of three men, a woman and a young boy in circus uniform. The men are wearing decorative suspenders and bow ties on top of white collared shirts and pants. The woman wears a dress with an embroidered bodice and long skirt, lace up boots, and ruffled bonnet. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201085/
Circus Performers in Front of Tent
Photograph of several circus performers standing in front of the big top. Seven men of varying ages stand in a row behind three seated women. The performers are dressed in plain clothes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201095/
Circus Showhorses
Photograph of a circus act consisting of a man conducting four horses in a ring. Each horses is up on its' hind legs. A crowd of onlookers surround the ring, seated in bleachers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201129/
Circus Tent Photographs
Six photographs printed film strip style on one sheet. Each photograph features different men and women in various poses in front of a circus tent. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201066/
Civil War Military Band
Photograph of a civil war band. The band consists of three rows of men in matching uniforms and carrying various instruments. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201186/
Clown and Dog
Photograph of a clown dressed in a white two piece ensemble with long gathers at the wrists and ankles. He has a large ruffle around his neck and over-sized shoes on his feet. The clown's face is painted white with dark shapes on his nose, mouth, and eyes. To the left of the clown, a dog balances on its' hind legs on a block. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201168/
Clown and Dwarf
Photograph of a clown and dwarf in full costume. The clown is carrying a long stick resting on his shoulder and standing behind a low bench. The dwarf stands to the left on the clown, wearing a suit with flowers pinned to his label. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201150/
Clown at the Circus
Photograph of a clown at an outdoor circus. The clown is wearing a bucket hat and a long shirt with two rows of buttons down the front. A crowd of onlookers sits in rows of bleachers behind him. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201169/
[Clowns in Carpe Cubana Circus]
Photograph of clowns from the Carpe Cubana Circus. The six women are dressed in matching yellow dresses with large red polka dots. From left to right, the clowns are Berta Posada, Amelia Abreu, unknown, Angela Aguirre Cardenas, unknown, and Arora Dominguez. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201007/