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Vacation Circus: 1915

Vacation Circus: 1915

"Vacation Circus," circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Vacation Circus

The 71st Armory - where the 1915 Vacation Circus was held - was a most impressive stone structure inspired by the Sienese Palazzo Pubblico, complete with a huge tower. Naturally it was torn down in the 1960s to be replaced ten years later by an anonymous skyscraper.

Under the (flammable) big top

After reading "The Circus Fire" by Stewart O'Nan, I never want to find myself in a wooden structure under that much fabric.

Vacation Circus Outdid Barnum

NY Times article on the 1915 Vacation circus.


I am thinking "cult" also remember the Carousel from Logan's Run this "vacation circus" is evil

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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