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Wild Animal Circus: 1936

Wild Animal Circus: 1936

Posters advertising a 1936 circus near Lynchburg, South Carolina. 35mm nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The Family Circus

The Downie Bros. circus belonged to my great-grandparents. I've never seen this before, or knew Walker Evans had ever shot anything from the circus. Thanks for locating this!

Downie Bros. Indian Show

I'm looking for pictures from 1935 through 1937 of the Downie Bros Indian Show. My father was part of the show riding a black horse with feathers on his head. email Thanks

Great photo to enhance...

This is a great photo to colorize with Photoshop. I'd do it if I had the skills and patience, but I don't.

Cole Bros

It looks like the Downie Bros. circus is no longer with us. However, the Cole Bros. (see the partially covered poster at the top) is!

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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