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1927 - The Sidell Sisters, Billie and Pierre, in a posed shot for their appearance in Florenz Ziegfeld's production of Show Boat.

*Nope, nope, nope, nope.* Melvin Human Blockhead Burkhart

Melvin Burkhardt The Human Blockhead. He could drive a five inch nail or an ice pick into his head through his nose without flinching.

Circus Hagenbeck 1912

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1940s-50s circus performers

These vintage shots dug up by How to Be a Retronaut are some of the earlier color photographs of circus folk you’ll ever see. Culled from The Circus Book: they were shot at traveli…

Butterfly Acrobat. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a trapeze artist and travel the world in a circus when I grew up.

Lillian Leitzel Lillian Leitzel known as Queen of the Air, was an aerial performer with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1915 to Leitzel astounded audiences.

3wings:    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ca. 1941-1960 Charles and Ray Eames

“Bones” Brown Bronte - Charles and Ray Eames ~ [Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus], ca.


BMW Anniversary Natural lace Who says electric cars are ugly! The beautiful BMW work of art!- The circus Vintage Carnival

Jules Leotard, inventor of the the flying trapeze act, and namesake of the leotard

Who knew Leotards where named after a man :) - "Jules Leotard, inventor of the the flying trapeze act, and namesake of the leotard.