Various locations: 1940s. Album.
This large album measures 15” x 11.5” and contains over 140 b/w photographs measuring between 3”x2” and 4”x6”. The photographs are all attached using corner mounts. About 25 show the Cole Brothers Circus, the remainder are of the Dailey Brothers Circus. Many have manuscript captions dated 1942 or 1944 on the reverse, and some include the names of the show's performers and staff. They are a mix of personal snapshots and images recorded by commercial or press photographers. The commercial photographs have backstamps from Eddie Jackson, Robert D. Good, and Gene Baxter.
Many of the Cole Brothers photos are of performers, clowns, and staff. The Dailey Brothers photos (taken at various times and locations) chronologically document a stop on a circus tour beginning with the arrival of the circus train. They show the locomotive, flat cars loaded with wagons, circus cars filled with animals, animals (elephants, camels, horses, etc.) being unloaded from the train, simple and ornate circus wagons, a band wagon, calliope, trucks (perhaps awaiting to begin the parade into town), raising of the big top and other tents, the circus entrance, crowds beginning to mill around the circus grounds, and performers.
One image is of an elephant that died from a broken leg suffered while attempting to turn around on a narrow plank. And, there is an interesting image of four clowns; one is holding a toilet seat with a sign reads, “Frame for Hitler’s Picture.”. Very good. Item #009302
A very nice collection of images from two important circuses operating in the 1940s.