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Horse Act

Horse Act

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a circus performance involving two men riding horses. Both horses are standing on boxes with their forelegs. Crowds of onlookers sit in bleachers that surround the ring.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Courtyard Circus Performance

Courtyard Circus Performance

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Circus Performers and Personnel

Circus Performers and Personnel

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Circus Performers

Circus Performers

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Outside of the Dressing Room

Outside of the Dressing Room

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of performers and personnel of the Barnum and Bailey Circus outside of the dressing room. The group of women are standing in three rows and waving American flags.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Music Group in Costume

Music Group in Costume

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a music and dance group in costume. A woman stands on a table in the middle of the group, while two men play guitar to the left and right of her. Two women with mandolins in their laps sit in chairs in front of the guitar-playing men. Four other men stand around the group of people with the instruments. Several roses are strewn on the ground around the group.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Barnum and Bailey Circus Cars

Barnum and Bailey Circus Cars

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Ringling Brothers in Front of Rail Car

Ringling Brothers in Front of Rail Car

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of members of the Ringling Circus in plain clothes in front of a Ringling rail car. The group of all men are standing around a boy with a washboard and tub. A line with laundry strung across it is attached to the rail car.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Ringling Brothers Open Air Circus

Ringling Brothers Open Air Circus

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Ringling Brothers open-air circus. Four men and eight horses are in the circus ring. Each man is standing on the backs of two horses, one leg on each horse. A large crowd of spectators watches from rows of bleachers.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
Performers on the Highwire

Performers on the Highwire

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of circus members performing a high wire act. Three separate high wires support three performers as onlookers surround the stage.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
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