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[Abreu Troupe Performing a Stunt]

Description: Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe performing a stunt in front of a wooden structure. To the left of the photograph, a woman balances on the shoulders of a man. On the right of the photograph, two men stand several feet away from the couple with their arms outstretched. A boy is in midair between the two groups, appearing to have jumped from the woman's shoulders and preparing to land in the men's arms.
Date: unknown

[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]

Description: Postcard of the Abreu Troupe practicing a stunt for their circus act. A man and woman on the left side of the postcard extend their arms as they throw a third man into the arms of another performer. The man being thrown is in mid-air between the couple and the performer to the right, prepared to catch him.
Date: unknown

Adolph Family On Christmas Morning

Description: Photograph of the Adolph children, Victoria Abreu's grandchildren, on Christmas morning. Both of the boys are sitting on the hearth facing away from the camera, leaning into the fireplace and wearing one piece pajamas with built-in feet. Two stockings hang above the fireplace and have the two children's names, Billy and Alan, written across them. A chalkboard with the words "Merry Christmas the Adolphs" lies on the back of a chair.
Date: unknown

Adolph's Christmas Card

Description: Photograph of baby Adolph wearing a shirt-sleeved sweater. The portrait is taken from the waist up. The smiling baby facing left. The photograph is encased in a Christmas card with a green cover and back. The cover reads "Merry Christmas" in silver lettering, and features a small drawing of a pine tree.
Date: unknown

[Amelia and Angela in Costume]

Description: Photograph of Angela Cardenas and Amelia, dressed in performance costumes for the Carpe Cubana circus. Angela stands on the right wearing a yellow dress with a large yellow hat. Amelia holds hands with Angela, facing left and wearing a pink dress with purple trim.
Date: unknown

[Atardecer Lake]

Description: Postcard photograph of Patzcuaro Lake, also known as Atardecer Lake in Guadalajara, Mexico. The photograph is cast in relief from the setting sun disappearing behind a line of mountains that stretch across the photograph. Several clouds filter sunlight onto to the lake in an irregular pattern. A dock is just visible to the right of the photograph, slightly below where the mountain line meets the lake waters. A hand-written inscription on the front of the postcard reads "Atardecer Lago de Patzcuaro No. 19. A letter to Federica Abreu is addressed on the back.
Date: unknown

Balancing Act

Description: Photograph of aerialists performing a trick on stage for a large crowd of onlookers. One aerialist balances on a large ball on top of another man's shoulders. Two other performers stand behind the balancing act.
Date: unknown

Band Performance

Description: Photograph of a band performing for a large crowd. A conductor in a white suit directs the band, who is seated in bleachers. The band is wearing matching uniforms consisting of a cap and suit embroidered with gilt trim.
Date: unknown

Barnum and Bailey Clown

Description: Photograph of a clown wearing a large hat and over-sized clothing, including a large bow around his neck, a white overcoat, and large shoes. The clown points his right finger in the air, as if gesturing to something beyond the camera's scope.
Date: unknown

Barnum and Bailey Clowns

Description: Photograph of two clowns at a performance of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The clown in the front of the photograph holds his hat in his hands and bows to the photographer. The clown behind him holds a chicken in his hands as the crowd of spectators looks on.
Date: unknown

Basilica Maya

Description: Postcard depicting Basilica Maya, a church in Peru. The church is large and many storied, featuring classic Castillon architecture. Many buildings surround the church, featuring similar architecture. On the back of the postcard, a letter is written to Federica Abreu from Anita and Lalo.
Date: unknown

The Bell Sisters

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.
Date: unknown

Boy Scout in Uniform

Description: Photograph of a Boy Scout in full uniform. He rests on a stool against a floral patterned wall, wearing a single breasted jacket with several medals pinned to it, cap, pants, and lace-up boots. One foot rests on a piled rug while the other hangs in mid-air. A letter is inscribed in Spanish on the opposite side.
Date: unknown

Building a Fence

Description: Photograph of a woman building a fence of chicken wire around several posts in a back yard. The woman wears a jacket over a long dress and bonnet, in front of a two-story home surrounded by thin vegetation and sand. A hand-written note in Spanish on the back of the photograph reads "Mama is fixing a place for Chino, Bilito's Dog."
Date: unknown

[Carpe Cubaba's Show Truck in Flood Water]

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's show truck in La Feria, Texas. The camp had been flooded, and five members of the circus stand around the truck, trying to move it out of the knee-high water. The men wear loose-fitting sleeveless shirts and shorts. A horse is also attached to the truck in an attempt to free the truck from the flood waters. A hand-written inscription in white reads "CUBAN SHOW. TRUCK NO. 2, LA FERIA TEX. 5/29/29."
Date: unknown