Various location: 1965. Album. This album measures 16.5” x 12.25” and is filled with approximately 220 photographs (most 3.5” square or 5” x 3.5”) and over 50 pieces of ephemera (mostly correspondence on illustrated stationery and route cards. 10 of the photographs are in color, the rest are b/w. All the photographs are attached with corner mounts. The ephemera was attached with both corner-mounts and glue. Everything is in nice shape. There is a partially removed sticker on the front of the album that reads “Circus Photo’s / Season 1965 / Book #2.” The photos from around the country are organized by circus and feature train cars, trucks, wagons, performers, animals, tentage, power-generating equipment, barkers, sideshows, crowds, etc from nine different shows (Carson & Burns, Christy Bros., Cole Bros., James Bros. James Strates, King Bros., Mills Bros., Ringling Bros. Barnum & Baily, and Von Bros.) The colorful ephemera from nine circuses (Clyde Beatty, James Strates, Mills Bros, Christiani Wallace, King Bros., Robins Bros., Hunt’s, Pollack Bros. and Sells & Gray) is mostly grouped together in the rear. Although correspondence and route cards compose the bulk of the ephemera, there are other interesting items as well including an offer to purchase Robbins Bros. stock and a Clyde Beatty invoice for a “Full Quart Old Crow Liquor (Entertainment).”. Very good. Item #009301
One the best circus photograph scrapbooks we’ve handled, and the only one for a press agent documenting multiple circuses touring in the same year. Scarce. As of 2019, except for the other album in our current inventory, no other albums are for sale in the trade. The Rare Book Hub shows only two circus albums have been sold at auction in the past 40 years although there must certainly have been more. Although we have recently sold several circus albums to institutions, there are only two similar holding listed in OCLC.