RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s

RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ALBUM, 1920s

Item #216

There are fifty-one black and white photographs, mostly 5”x7”, as well as ephemera, across loose and bound pages filling this fantastic 7.25” x 11” black book cloth covered 1922 circus photo album. On the inside cover is pasted a sticker with a typewritten description of the album, reading “Presented to Ed Noonan By August Forsbach with the Sells Floto Circus New Bedford Mass June 5th 1923”, as well as two Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey ticket stubs and a photo. There is fantastically delicate white ink script describing many of the photos, though some of it is faded and difficult to read. The first page, attached but tattered, has a printed “Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey combined shows” logo pasted in, with “Season 1922 Coast To Coast” written beneath. There is a large photo of the recipient of the album, Eddie Noonan, loose in the front of the album, dated 1947 at 66 years old with the caption “going strong.” Inside the album are amazing, clear portraits of performers and girls in fantastic costume, photos of painted banners and signs advertising shows, snapshots behind the scenes, portraits of clowns and carnival barkers (“Step right up!”), photos of the circus grounds and tents in daytime and all lit up at night, a group photo of the cook house crew, a photo of workers putting up “The Big Top”, photos of animals in the circus in acts and behind the scenes (elephants, giraffe, tigers and puma, a seal, brown bears, zebra, camels), musicians, contortionists, troupes and acts, a commissary wagon, a group portrait of ushers, horse riders, and more. August Forsbach Jansley, born in Germany, was an aerialist, along with 4 other family members, as part of the Five Jansleys. They performed for the crowned heads of Europe and were a feature of the Ringling Brothers Circus for many years. When August had his own show, he was credited for performing one of the highest aerial acts in the business – a free headstand atop a 210 ft. pole (this is noted in an obituary from 1947 for August posted in the back of the album along with a portrait)! It appears that the album was given to Ed Noonan perhaps by a third party on behalf of August after his passing, and photos of “Gus” are included, one with a caption “My Pal Gus” either written by the third party or by Ed. The album itself is in poor shape as most pages are detached, and it appears some photos are missing from backsides of pages, but the photos are fabulously preserved, properly exposed and wonderfully clear. An amazing documentation of circus life!

Price: $1,650.00

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