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 Collection: The Carpa Cubana Collection and the Sabino Gomez Photograph Collection
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
[Clowns of the Carpe Cubana Circus]
Photograph of two clowns at the Carpe Cubana Circus. The clown on the left is dressed in over-sized clothing and a striped bow tie. He has a fake mustache on his upper lip, and his face is painted. His eyes are closed as he points toward the clown on the left, who is wearing the same costume.
[Clowns of the Carpe Cubana Circus]
Photograph of two clowns at the Carpe Cubana Circus. The two clowns are dressed in a variety of mismatched clothing.
[Coderra Family Portrait]
Postcard photograph of siblings Rosa, Eduardo, and Hortensia Coderra. The children are standing in a row, facing forward with their arms to their sides. The two girls, on the left and right of Eduardo, wear matching white dresses with polka-dot trim and large hair bows. Eduardo wears a long sleeve shirt with a large sailor's collar and two rows of button running down it. The shirt is secured with a belt. He also wears a cap on his head, and lace-up boots. A letter is inscribed on the back from Hortencia B. Coderra, addressed to Federica Abreu, in New York City.
Codona Wheel Balancing
Photograph of Codona Co. Auto and Truck Wheel Balancing in Walteria, California. The building is a one-story stucco with two large bays for vehicles on the left side and several twelve -pane rectangular windows on the front. Large lettering wraps around both visible sides of the building. A man stands outside of the business wearing a suit and tie. A hand-written inscription on the back in Spanish reads "This is Lalo and his friends' business. Walteria, Ca."
Couple in Front of Tent
Photograph of a man and woman sitting together in front of a tent. The woman sits to the left of the man on a cloth-covered square object. She holds the man's hand with her right hand and supports his head with her left hand. The man is leaning in to the woman, carrying his hat and a piece of paper in both hands.
Courtyard Circus Performance
Photograph of a circus performance occurring in a courtyard between several large buildings. A stage is set up in the middle of the courtyard while a band plays in front of the stage. Crowds of civilians around the stage wait for the performance to begin.
Courtyard Parade
Photograph of a parade taking place in a courtyard. Men and women crowd the sidewalk. A clown walks along the path to the left of the grassy space in the center of the courtyard.
Los Cuatro Holgiun Circus Act
Photograph of the Los Cuatro Holguin circus act performing a stunt. One boy is standing on the shoulders of another boy. The boy balancing on the other's shoulders is holding onto two younger children with each arm. The boy on the bottom of the stunt helps support the weight of the younger children by holding onto their waists.
Los Cuatro Holgiun Circus Act
Photograph of the Los Cuatro Holguin circus act performing a stunt. The four boys are balancing on each other's shoulders.
[Cuban Cookhouse Inundated with Flood Waters]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's cookhouse in La Feria Texas. The street is flooded into the doorsteps of the houses up and down the street. A man stands in the middle of the street, facing the camera. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "Cuban Show Cookhouse. La Feria Tex. 5/29/1929."
[Cuban Show]
Photograph of the Carpe Cubana circus headquarters. Several people stand in front of the metal buildings. Debris and piles of raw materials are strewn across the front of the buildings.
[Cuban Show Flooded in La Feria]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's headquarters in La Feria Texas. In this photograph, the flood waters had receded, but the front of the building is strewn with debris. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "Cuban Show Flood Quarters. La Feria Tex. 5/29/1929."
[Cuban Show in La Feria]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's flooded camp ground in La Feria Texas. "Cuban Show La Feria Texas 5-29-29" is hand-written on the front of the photograph.
[Cuban Show Letterhead]
Paper letterhead for the Carpe Cubana Circus. The letterhead reads "Cuban Shows, V. Abreu, Mgr. Permanent Address: 302 Keller St. San Antonio, Tex."
Cuban Show Lot in La Feria
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's show lot in La Feria, Texas. The ground is flooded with water and surrounded by trees and shrubs. Five men pose for the camera while standing in the flood water. Two tall poles extend from the center of the show lot, secured by heavy hires. A hand-written inscription reads "CUBAN SHOW. LOT LA FRIA TEX 5/29/29."
Cuban Show, Panaderia La India
Photograph of Carpe Cubana's storage building in La Feria, Texas. Several men stand outside of a warehouse structure with a sign reading "Panaderia La India." Machinery is strewn messily outside of the building. A hand-written inscription on the photograph in white reads "Cuban Show."
[Dancers in the Carpe Cubana Circus]
Photograph of Amelia and Abelardo Abreu, dancers in the Carpe Cubana show. Amelia stands to the left, holding her dress with her right hand and touching her hip with her left hand. She wears a striped cap, vest, and long skirt with large flower embroidery along the hem. Abelardo stands to the right of Amelia, wearing a dark cap, vest, tie, and plaid cummerbund.
[Dancers of the Carpe Cubana Circus]
Photograph of Carpe Cubana dancers. The four women are dressed in short patterned tops and long skirts. Each girl is carrying a tambourine.
Delivery of Tobacco Crop
Photograph of a load of tobacco being delivered in Henderson, Kentucky. Rows of covered wagons filled with tobacco product line the street.
Dollhouse Set
Photograph of a village of dollhouses in the backyard of a home. The toy set features a circus tent and three houses of various sizes.
Erecting the Tent
Photograph of the Barnum and Bailey circus crew erecting a large tent. Five tall poles are held in place by heavy cables in the center of a field. Teams of men are setting up the exterior frame of the tent and rows of bleachers.
Family at the Beach
Photograph of a family enjoying the beach. Thee women are wearing swimsuits while most of the men are wearing suits and ties. A older woman sits in front of the women, wearing a light-colored dress. Several groups of people lounge on the beach around behind the family.
[Family Portrait with Dog]
Postcard of a family portrait sent to J.B. Aguilera from Victoria. The photograph features four women and a boy seated around a dog. A baby is positioned against the belly of dog. The group is sitting in grass in front of a short fence, surrounded by foliage.
[Federica and Brothers at the Majestic Theatre]
Photograph of Federica and her brothers at the Majestic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The portrait consists of Federica standing between her four brothers, facing right but looking at the camera. The men wear dark tuxedos with white shirts and bow ties. Federica wears a light-colored dress consisting of a three tiered ruffled skirt. Fine beading is present on the straps and low neckline of the dress. She wears a beaded headband and ballet shoes.
[La Feria Inundated with Flood Water]
Photograph of La Feria, Texas, flooded with rainwater. A horse-drawn wagon is parked in front of several buildings. The wagon is filled with men and small children. The flood waters reach half the height of the wagon wheels.
Ferrante Family Portrait
Photograph of Hortensia and her two children, Margaret and Orlando. The two children lean in to one another behind their mother. Hortensia wears a dark collared shirt with intricate lace bib around her neck. Her hair is worn in a coiled braid around her head. Margaret wears a one piece striped jumpsuit with a leather belt around her waist. Orlando a short-sleeved sweater and blue jeans.
First Communion in Laredo
Postcard depicting the first Communion of Gsabel Gonsalez of Laredo. The girl is pictured wearing a sheer veil and white dress. She is holding a candle, prayer book, and a rosary. A statue of Jesus is placed on a pedestal to the right of Gsabel. Two faces of flowers are placed in front of the pedestal.
[Flood in La Feria, Texas]
Photograph of the flood in La Feria, Texas. The photograph depicts a street of single story houses to the right, and a two-story storefront to the left. The street in between the structures is filled with flood water. An inscription written in white reads "LA FERIA TEX. 5/29/1929."
[Flooded Streets in La Feria]
Photograph of La Feria Texas. The street is flooded into the doorsteps of the houses up and down the row. The man stands in the middle of the street, facing the camera. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "La Feria Tex. 5/29/1929."
The Flying Wards Circus Act
Photograph of the Flying Wards, a trapeze act that is part of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The photograph consists of one man standing to the left of a woman, both with their arms crossed across their chests. Both performers are wearing jumpsuits with lace-up boots. An inscription on the bottom of the photograph reads "The Flying Wards, one of the fastest and most sensational trapeze acts with the Ringling Brothers. Season 1908-09-10." The man is believed to be Eddie Ward.