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High Wire Act

High Wire Act

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a high wire set-up at an outdoor circus. Several wires are stretched across two tall poles in the middle of the circus ring. Rows of horses surround the ring as crowds of onlookers watch the performance from the bleachers.
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The Bell Sisters

The Bell Sisters

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
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Three Women in Asian Dress

Three Women in Asian Dress

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of three women seated on the floor in traditional Asian dress. The woman in the middle has her arms wrapped around the other two women. An inscription in Spanish is written on the left of the photograph.
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Portrait of a Young Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a young woman wearing a large hat wrapped in tulle. She is wearing a dress with floral embroidery around the neck. The photograph is tinted blue on the hat and the neckline of the dress. A letter is written in Spanish on the back of the photograph.
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Two Women in Costume

Two Women in Costume

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of two women in costume. Both women wear satin dresses with embroidered flowers down the front and dark pants underneath. Both women have their arms raised in the air.
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Portrait of Victoria and Alfred Codona

Portrait of Victoria and Alfred Codona

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Victoria and Alfredo Codona. Alfred sits in a chair with his legs crossed and his hands clasped in his lap, while Victoria stands behind him and leans over the chair. Alfredo wears a pinstriped suit and striped tie, while Victoria wears a long-sleeve gingham dress with two rows of buttons running down to the hem of the dress. She wears a heart locket around her neck and a large feathered hat. A letter written in Spanish is addressed to Sabino Gomez from Alfred and Victoria.
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Portrait of Woman with Flowers

Portrait of Woman with Flowers

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a woman holding a large bouquet of roses and sunflowers. She wears a long dress with a ruffled collar and a pearl necklace and earrings. A satin ribbon with floral detail is tied around her waist. She stands in front of a scenic outdoor background. The flowers and the woman's dress are tinted purple, yellow and blue. A letter written in Spanish is addressed to Sabino Gomez
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Church Scene from Maria Osuna

Church Scene from Maria Osuna

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
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Sabino Gomez on Horse

Sabino Gomez on Horse

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Sabino Gomez riding a horse. Sabino wears a hat and vest with an embroidered cape and riding boots. He holds the harness with one hand and carries a flag with his other hand. The horse is wearing a bridle with metal studs and a decorative blanket.
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[Carpe Cubana's Flooded Show Camp]

[Carpe Cubana's Flooded Show Camp]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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."
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