Oh look, how cute! It’s one of my first blogposts, back when I used to quote verbatim from a press release! In any case, the Circus Book I wrote about two years ago is still worth checking out on what is promising to be a sweltering Saturday. Stay cool today, people!
The Circus Book 1870 – 1950
During its heyday, the American circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen. From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, traveling American circuses performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show and crisscrossed the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone. The spectacle of death-defying daredevils and strapping super-heroes gripped the American imagination, outshining theater, comedy, and minstrel shows of the day, and ultimately paving the way for film and television.The circus offered young Americans the dream of adventure and reinvention. The Circus Book 1870 – 1950 brings to life the grit and glamour of the circus phenomenon. More pictures on the excellent Vintage Everyday blog.