Saturday, August 09, 2014
Today I have a few fun slides from 1951, when the circus came to town! Unfortunately I don't know which town, although there were many other slides from the Detroit area, so make of that what you will.
Just outside the Big Top, various circus performers (they look too fancy to be roustabouts!) relax and catch some rays before the big performance. Those pretty ladies might be aerialists or acrobatic equestrians. Laundry is hanging to dry (when you're on the road, you wash your clothes whenever you can)… do you think that the dozens of buckets to the right were used for washing? Or are they there in case of a fire? I am kind of amazed at the complexity of the many ropes… it's like the rigging on an old sailing ship.
I love this picture… the elephants - walking billboards for popcorn and lemonade - with their pink plumes; and their uniformed handlers… it really evokes another era.
It's almost time for the big show! I wish this one wasn't quite so dark, but it's still fun to look at the people milling about.
There are more pictures from this circus - coming up. Stay tuned!