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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
[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."
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
[Federica and Brothers at the Majestic Theatre]

[Federica and Brothers at the Majestic Theatre]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
[Abreu Troupe in Costume]

[Abreu Troupe in Costume]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe in full costume. The troupe consists of three men, a young boy, and a woman, facing left and turning their heads toward the camera. The males in the group are all wearing the same costume consisting of a Spanish-style bolero jacket and pants decorated with light-colored trim and embroidery. Underneath the jacket each man wears a white collared shirt with a tie, sombrero, and black shoes. The woman wears a white blouse with a heavily-embroidered dark skirt. She wears her hair in two braided down her shoulders, tied with large ribbons, and large heavy necklaces around her neck.
Contributing Partner: Witte Museum
[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]

[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]

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