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Erecting the Tent

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Family at the Beach

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Family Portrait with Dog]

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Federica and Brothers at the Majestic Theatre]

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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[La Feria Inundated with Flood Water]

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Ferrante Family Portrait

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

First Communion in Laredo

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Flood in La Feria, Texas]

Description: 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."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Flooded Streets in La Feria]

Description: 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."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

The Flying Wards Circus Act

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Fosto the Acrobat

Description: Photograph of Fosto the acrobat performing a stunt in the center of small stage. The acrobat is balancing his body with his hand on a small square in the center of the stage.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Fosto the Equilibrist

Description: Photograph of Fosto the acrobat performing a stunt in the center of a small stage. The acrobat is balancing his body with his hand on a small square in the center of the stage.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Friends of Sabino Gomez

Description: Photograph of Sabino Gomez and two of his friends. Both men wear matching white collared shirts with dark belts and pleated pants. They stand with their arms crossed behind their back, with their heels together, looking towards the woman on the stool. The woman wears a dress patterned with large butterflies and a necklace around her neck with two bracelets.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Guzmani Trio

Description: Postcard containing two photographs of the Guzmani Trio. The photograph to the left features the three male members of the trio standing one behind the other and facing the camera. The photograph to the right features the three men sitting in chairs. In the center of the postcard is an advertisement for the Trio, featuring photographs of the three men and images of the men balancing on large inflated balls.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

High Wire Act

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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Horse Act

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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Horse Act with Women

Description: Photograph of a horse act consisting of a man balancing each leg on a separate horse. The man carries two women, one on each shoulder. A crowd seated in bleachers surrounds the ring.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Hortensia and Her Mother

Description: Photograph of Hortensia and her mother. Hortensia stands to the right of her mom, wearing a sleeveless dress with floral decoration at the shoulder. Several pleats decorate the bottom of the dress. She wears a long strand of pearls and a matching bracelet. Her mother wears a dark, long sleeve dress with a sash around her waist. They are standing in a garden between rows of flowers. A two story home is visible behind the foliage in the garden.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

A House with the Caption Nuestro Hogar

Description: Photograph of a two-story home. The home features a front porch supported by four Greek-Revival style columns. Flower baskets hang from the rafters, and two rocking chairs rest on the porch. The home has five visible windows on the bottom level, and four on the second level. The words at the bottom read, "Nuestro Hogar" in Spanish, or "Our Home."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Joe Abreu's Associated Press Card

Description: Press card photograph of Joe Abreu. The car features a small photograph of Joe Abreu in the upper left corner. It features Joe's signature along with representative Lester Ketterman's signature. The card includes instructions to fire and police officials to allow media access to Joe.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Kangaroo Postcard

Description: Postcard with a felt kangaroo pasted onto a paper card. A gradient was applied to the card, transitioning from purple to blue. The card reads "Hearty Greeting. From the land of the Wattle and Kangaroo, Come heartfelt wishes, warm and true; May happiness each year increase, And future days roll on in peace." An inscription underneath the felt kangaroo reads "The Australian Kangaroo." A letter written in Spanish is addressed to Sabino Gomez in Chicago Illinois, from A. Guzmani in Sydney Australia.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

Laundry Day

Description: Photograph of circus members doing laundry outside of a large tent. Pants and shirts are laid out on the grass around the tent as men wash the remaining clothes.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Letter to Mother]

Description: Postcard photograph of Sanderson, Texas. On the back of the postcard, a letter is written in both English and Spanish from Joe Abreu to his mother.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum