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Vintage Photos That Show How Insane the Circus Used to Be

Vintage Photos That Show How Insane the Circus Used to Be August 7, 2019Leave a comment

    A few years ago, the venerable Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus finally shuttered. It just became too old-fashioned and problematic to go on. But if you think the modern circus is insane, wait till you see these pics. From trained elephants to kidnappings, the circus isn’t what it used to be…

    Lion Tamers

    Daily Herald Archive, National Museum

    Before the internet and television, the only way for people to see a lion (aside from pictures in books) was if they were lucky enough to live in a city that had a zoo. However, for most people in small towns, seeing a lion was an impossibility – until the circus came to town. These lions are part of the Bertram Mills Touring Circus. It toured the UK from 1873 until 1938.