Ballyhoo! A Peek Under the Big Top

 Midwest MS American Circus, Bx.5 Fl.#61, Clarke Family-juggling.

Clarke Family-juggling, Midwest MS American Circus, Bx.5 Fl.#61.

In 1919, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey merged to create the combined “Greatest Show on Earth.” Ten years later Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey would purchase the American Circus Corporation, an owner of five circuses including Sells Floto and Al G. Barnes, thereby absorbing the biggest circuses in the country under one Big Top. In text and images, this exhibit explores the inner details of daily life for these circuses and their performers.


Publication date 

The gallery exhibition was on view at the Newberry from June 8 to July 10, 2007.