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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Hello Kitty: 1958

Hello Kitty: 1958

Chicago circa 1958. "American Cancer Society -- Circus lion tamer." Would you take a check? 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy News Archive. View full size.

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Lion has teeth

Sheba was everything she was supposed to be. Capt. Terrell M. Jacobs, the man in the picture, used this cat for publicity photos. Together they worked with, among other shows, Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey. He often had Sheba pose in the ring with brave souls.

Everybody relax

The lion doesn't appear to have any teeth. And the little girl is either really sleepy or had a teaspoon of Nyquil.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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