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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier



 In 1883, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody put together a traveling show. Buffalo Bill's Wild West toured the world and defined the vanishing American frontier. Re-enactments were part of the show and often included individuals who had participated in the actual historical events that they depicted. Here, Cody, an army scout and buffalo hunter, greets Chief Iron Tail, the great Sioux warrior.

Mademoiselle Scheel with Lions, circa 1905
 At the beginning of the 20th century, women performers and their acts became an important part of the attraction of the circus. Beauty and the beast was a popular theme often depicted when women in short, frilly dresses entered calmly into cages to pose with ferocious, wild animals.


 High diving horses were attractions that drew people to the lot. The plunge by the horse into a pool of water was made from a tower and ramp structure over 30 feet high.

 
 
 
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