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July 8, 1944
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 8, 1944
* Hartford circus fire
* The day the clowns cried
This 24 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "CIRCUS DEAD AT 152;INQUIRIES PUSHED" "Officials of the Big Show Face Charges of Fire Hazards---198 Remain in Hospitals"
Continues on the back page with related photo. (see)
Other news of the day th... See More
December 3, 1936
THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 3, 1936
* John Ringling death
* Circus pioneer
The top of page 25 has a one column heading: "RINGLING SERVICE HERE TOMORROW" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the death of John Ringling, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus fame.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 52 pages, this is the rare rag edi... See More
February 18, 1932
THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 18, 1932
* Albert Johnson (criminal) shot & killed
* The Mad trapper of Rat River shootout
* Royal Canadian Mounted Police pursuit
Page 3 has a one column heading: "MAD TRAPPER SLAIN AFTER 7-WEEK HUNT" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the shootout and death of Albert Johnson (criminal).
Other news, sports and advertisements of the da... See More
April 11, 1891
SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN, Mass., April 11, 1891
* Phineas T. Barnum death funeral
Page 3 has an article headed: "Funeral Of Phineas T. Barnum" with subhead. (see) Page 5 has another related article headed: "The Great Showman's Will" with subheads. (see) Coverage on the death and funeral of circus icon Phineas T. Barnum.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, light... See More
July 30, 1880
THE CLEVELAND LEADER, Cleveland, Ohio, July 30, 1880
* Circus ad
* Human cannonball
The last column of page 8 has a full length circus advertisement titled the "Greatest Show on Earth" which features: "A Human Being Shot From a Monster Cannon" "15 Trained Elephants" "Zuila, the Female Blondin" and more (see photos).
Complete in 10 pages, news of th... See More
December 3, 1887
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, December 3, 1887 The issue contains illustrations of the latest inventions of the day with accompanying text which include: "Main Pumping Engine of the Boston Sewage System", "Fire Engine Tender", "Burning of Rare Animals", "Boston Drainage System - Reservoirs at Moon Island", map of the "City of Boston", "Jay... See More
October 13, 1925
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 13, 1925
* (Siegmund) Zishe Breitbart death
* Polish born Jewish circus strongman
Page 23 has a somewhat discrete article with heading: "Breitbart, Athlete, Dies" "Strong Man of Circus and Stage Succumbs to a Nail Scratch" See image for brief text here.
Also much on game 5 of the 1925 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington... See More
June 16, 1920
THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 16, 1920
* Duluth, Minnesota lynchings (1st report)
* 3 negro circus workers hanged
* Isaac McGhie - Nate Green - Elmer Jackson
Near the bottom of the front page is a two column heading: "Duluth Mob Lynches Three Negroes, Frees Three; 5,000 Stormed Jail After Attack on White Girl" See images for text here. Always nice to have notable ev... See More
February 16, 1931
THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 16, 1931
* Lillian Leitzel accident - death (1st report)
* Acrobat & strongwoman circus star
* Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey
* Trapeze artist fall
Page 11 has a one column heading: "CIRCUS FALL FATAL TO LILLIAN LEITZEL" with subheads and photo. (see) First report coverage on the death of Lillian Leitzel, circus star. Always nice to have... See More
June 14, 1994
LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 14, 1994
* Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman
* Football great O. J. Simpson a suspect ?
* First report from the city where it happened
The significance of this issue is the relatively inconspicuous report on the front page with just a one column heading: "O.J. Simpson's Ex-Wife, Man Found Slain", in a newspaper from the city where... See More
September 22, 1873
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Sept. 22, 1873
* P.T. Phineas Barnum ad
The photo shows the nice back page ad for " P. T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum Menagerie" which includes a portrait of Mr. Barnum and various details about the attractions and performances. The ad takes two-thirds of the column.
Eight pages, good condition.... See More
May 1, 1879
CHRONICLE AND NEWS, Allentown, Pennsylvania, May 1, 1879
* First Circus show under electric lights
A nice pg. 2 ad for Cooper and Baileys Great London Circus which says the: "Dense Night will be converted into Dazzling Day by Electric Light using 18 Electric Light Chandeliers equal to 35,000 gas jets at a cost of $15,000".
One of the main attractions described as: &quo... See More
January 31, 1891
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SUPPLEMENT, New York, Jan. 31, 1891 Among the articles is: "Charles Goodyear" which includes a print of him & a lengthy article on him and the rubber industry. Also within: "Flooding a Circus Ring" "A Theatrical Steamboat" "Water Softening and Purifying Apparatus" "Newer Physiology & Pathology" "Science in... See More
September 4, 1878
THE ADVANCE, Red Wing, Minnesota, Sept. 4, 1878 Page 2 has: "Treaty With Indians" which begins: "Generals Howard, Wheaton, Sawhille...met Indian chiefs at Umatilla, Oregon & had a general pow-wow...". Also: "A Missouri Daytime Bank Robbery" which has much on a robbery in Concordia, Minnesota including: "...three men entered the bank...jumped over the co... See More
June 4, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, June 4, 1795
* 1st American circus
* John Bill Ricketts
Page 3 has: "Arrival of Mr. Jay" at Boston, noting: "...An immense concourse of citizens...received & conducted him amidst repeated acclamations..." along with the text of his address to them (see). Also an interesting advertisement for "J. B. Ricketts..." who creat... See More
July 16, 1873
BETHLEHEM DAILY TIMES, Pennsylvania, July 16, 1873
* Very nice illustrated Circus advertisement
Page 2 has two columns entirely taken up with a nice, graphic advertisement for a circus, being the: "Great Eastern Menagerie - A Towering Giant Among Its Fellows - The Great 12 Center-Pole Tent - Dual Circus Exhibition!" with more on the double circus coming to Bethlehem. There are ... See More
February 25, 1882
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Feb. 25, 1882
* Jumbo the Circus Elephant
* P.T. Phineas T. Barnum & Bailey
Prints within include: "Traveling in Siberia..." "Hong Kong Festivities..." "Wild Duck Shooting" and a full page with 5 scenes of: "Sketches of Jumbo, the African Elephant..." in additional to another full page: "Attempt to ... See More
June 16, 1846
SALEM GAZETTE, Salem, Massachusetts, June 16, 1846
* Illustrated circus advertisement
* 19th century Salem, Massachusetts
Page 3 has an ad: ""Mammoth Circus! Grand Entertainment with Great Addition In Interest, Splendor &c." re. the Rockwell & Stone Circus. Has details, plus an engraving of an equestrian performance."
News of the day includes: "Dreadful St... See More
September 10, 1929
NEW YORK TIMES, September 10, 1929
* John Ringling expands his empire
* Ringling Brothers Circus
* Buys "American Circus Corporation"
The front page has one column headings: "RINGLING BUYS OUT FIVE CIRCUS RIVALS" "Man Who Started as a Clown Now Controls the Entire Big Top Industry" and more. (see) Nice to have on the front page of this famous NYC title.... See More
December 25, 1872
THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 25, 1872
* Phineas Barnum Circus Museum Fire
The back page has an article headed: "NEW-YORK FIRES" "A Million Dollars' Worth of Property in Flames" "Barnum's Museum and Other Buildings Wholly Destroyed" "The Entire Collection of Wild Animals Burned to Death" and more. Lengthy text. Nice to have in this venerable ne... See More
March 30, 1930
THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 30, 1930
* Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
* Acrobat Hans Jahn falls to his death
Near the bottom of the front page is a two column heading: "Circus Acrobat Killed at Bronx Performance In Forty-Foot Fall in Pole-Balancing Act" (see)
Complete 1st section only with 28 pages, nice condition.... See More
June 17, 1920
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 17, 1920
* Duluth, Minnesota lynchings (1st report)
* 3 negro circus workers hanged
* Isaac McGhie - Nate Green - Elmer Jackson
Page 2 has a one column heading: "Troops on Guard In Duluth After Three Lynchings" with subhead. (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 22 pages, light browning, minor spine wear, ge... See More
August 20, 1859
DOLLAR WEEKLY MIRROR, Manchester, New Hampshire, August 20, 1859 Pg. 4 has a full column ad for "The Real Genuine Monster Show - Nixon & Co.,'s Mammoth Circus." This also includes small illustrations, including "Educated Bull, Don Juan"
Complete in 4 pages with a small lite stain on the front page, otherwise is in very good condition.
May 2, 1873
SALEM GAZETTE, Salem, Massachusetts, May 2, 1873 The front page has a two-column width, page length ad "World's Fair and L.B. Lent's Leviathan Universal Living Exposition" and "Great New York Circus!" This contains the information on all the events and several engravings as well.
This is complete in four pages with a small hole at the center fold, otherwise is in very ... See More
October 15, 1874
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, October 15, 1874
* Rare Old West title
A very early newspaper from this city at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Various news of the day with a wealth of ads as well.
Page 2 has a very nice circus advertisement which features Mollie Brown, bareback somersault rider. (see)
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, wide margin... See More
April 21, 1879
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, April 21, 1879
* W.W. Cole's Circus & Menagerie
This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many advertisements. Page 3 has an article headed: "In The Lion's Den" "A Horrible Spectacle at Cole's Circus and Menagerie" "Torn to Pieces by a Ferocious and Untamed Leopard" and more. (see) Text takes up ... See More
March 26, 1877
THE MISSOURI REPUBLICAN, St. Louis, March 26, 1877
* Samuel P. Stickney
* Circus horseback rider
This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many advertisements. Page 5 has an article headed: "America's Oldest Circus-Rider" "The Death of Samuel P. Stickney After Fifty Years' Service in the Ring"
This issue is not fragile as newsprint back then was ma... See More
May 29, 1876
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, May 29, 1876
* Wild Bill Hickok
* Very rare report
Our experience is that very few newspapers reported the famous death of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, and we almost never find newspaper accounts of him during his life. In fact a check of our database shows no newspaper accounts of Hickok while he was alive (Harper's Magazine did a feature of him in 1867... See More
July 10, 1875
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, July 10, 1875
* Outlaws attempt to rob train
* Ad - P. T. Barnum's "Great Roman Hippodrome" circus
The back page has 1 2/3 of a column taken up with great & detailed content concerning the train robbery at Long Point, Illinois, with heads at the top of the column: "PULL OUT!" "An Express Train on the Vandalia Road Bo... See More
September 7, 1852
THE UNION DEMOCRAT, Manchester, New Hampshire, Sept. 7, 1852
* General Tom Thumb - dwarf
* P.T. Barnum circus attraction
The front page has: "Barnum and Tom Thumb" which includes a letter from Bridgeport, Ct., noting in part: "Barnum's chief sources of income...are his Museum...among his incidental expenses are $200 a week or $10,400 a year for Tom Thumb..." with more on... See More
June 11, 1872
WORCESTER EVENING GAZETTE, Massachusetts, June 11, 1872
* Dan Rice's circus
* Shooting affray
This issue has news of the day with several interesting advertisements throughout.
The front page has a small one column heading: "Shooting In Dan Rice's Circus"
Larger than normal issue measures 26 x 20 inches, complete in 4 pages, a little spine wear, otherwise nice.... See More
September 26, 1877
THE CLEVELAND HERALD, Cleveland, Ohio, September 26, 1877
* Hunting animals for the zoo & circus
* Lions - tigers - elephants & more
This uncommon 8 page issue has news of the day with several interesting advertisements throughout.
Page 3 has one column headings: "HUNTING WILD BEASTS" "The Dangerous Business of Stocking the Menageries" and more (see photos). The... See More
Item #599150THE WORLD, New York, April 28, 1871 The frontpage carries a headline "Smashing A Circus" with subhead "Barnum's Caravan Run Into on the New Jersey Central Railroad", "Two men Killed and Wagon Demolished -- Tommy Welsh, the Dwarf Driver, Fatally Wounded -- Three Others Badly Injured -- Scenes at Crawford Station and Elizabeth -- The Inquest, Etc". The article... See More
September 19, 1883
BELLEFONTE REPUBLICAN, Bellefonte, Pa., September 19, 1883 Page 5 has a full column advertisement for " The Great Forpaugh Show" which includes 3 illustrations of the various attractions and performances along with additional details. Very displayable - one of the best circus ads we have seen! Other news of the day and period advertizing is present throughout.The issue has 8 pages ... See More
April 12, 1953
THIS WEEK MAGAZINE section of The Times Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12, 1953 The front page of this issue is "Circus Clowns" They Belong to the Greatest Club on Earth" with an accompanying article and more photos inside. Also inside are a variety of articles and advertisements.
This is complete in 40 pages, measuring approximately 14 x 11 inches, and is in nice ... See More
October 14, 1868
THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, October 14, 1868 Taking a full column on the front page is an ad for: "Stone & Murray's Circus" with a list of the attractions and performers, and several nice woodcuts.
Other news and advertisements, some with illustrations, are within the issue as well.
This is complete in four pages and is in good condition.
June 6, 1908
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, June 6, 1908
* Early automobile stunt driving
* Is there any safety devices here (seatbelts) ?
The front page has a fascinating graphic of a circus act involving automobiles, one doing a somersault while another travels beneath it (see photos). A related article is on an inside page.
Complete in sixteen pages, this issue is in good condition.... See More
April 10, 1889
PUCK, New York, April 10, 1889 Puck was America's first successful humor magazine of colorful cartoon caricatures and political satire, publishing from 1871 until 1918. It was also the first to successfully adopt full color lithography printing for a weekly publication. The color prints are very desired for their displayability. This issue has as its political cartoons:
front page: &quo... See More
July 8, 1944
THE BETHLEHEM GLOBE-TIMES, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1944
* Hartford circus fire
The front page has two column headings: "Probe Into Responsibility For Circus Fire Disaster" and "Claim Evidence Shows Inadequate Fire Fighting Equipment, Poorly Manned". This is coverage on the Hartford circus fire disaster.
Other news and advertisements of the day with much on World War II sh... See More
April 9, 1961
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY (The Detroit News), Detroit, Michigan, April 9, 1951 The front colored cover features a photo of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown, Lou Jacobs. Inside are articles: "Rich Rebel" which is about actor Burt Lancaster; and other articles and advertisements.
This is complete in 16 pages measuring approximately 12.5 x 11 inches and is in very nice... See More
June 1, 1893
SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN, Springfield, Massachusetts, June 1, 1893
* Walter L. Main circus
* Tyrone PA train wreck
This 8 page newspaper has one column headings on page 3: "A Circus Train Wrecked", "Five Men Killed and Ten Injured on the Pennsylvania Road". See photo for 1st report coverage on the Walter L. Main circus train wreck near Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
... See More
February 16, 1931
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Michigan, February 16, 1931
* Lillian Leitzel accident - death
* Acrobatic circus star (1st report)
This 24 page newspaper has a one column headline near the bottom of the front page: "Lillian Leitzel, Circus Star, Dies After Fall"
with subhead: "Little Trapeze Artist Succumbs to Injuries Received in Danish Capital".
Other news of the d... See More
September 12, 1881
FRANKFORT DAILY DISPATCH, Frankfort, Kentucky, Sept. 12, 1881
* Great circus advertisement
A typical newspaper of the day with various news and advertisements. The front page includes: "Attempt to Kill Guiteau", the assassin of President Garfield. Page 4 has a very large & great illustrated ad for the Forepaugh Circus (see photos).
Four pages, very nice condition.... See More
September 12, 1865
THE UNION STANDARD, Lexington, Kentucky, Sept. 12, 1865
* Rare post Civil War title
A scarce title from this border state, shortly after the end of the Civil War. The paper was formally titled "The National Unionist", obviously being pro-North during the Civil War. Page 2 has several items which relate to the conclusion of the Civil War including a Proclamation signed in type by th... See More
April 28, 1930
THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 28, 1930
* Fayetteville Tn Tennessee
* Air show stunt disaster
* Airplane circus
This 44 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page that include: "7 KILLED AS PLANE DIVES INTO CROWD"; "Pilot Arrested and Hidden as Tennesseans Threaten Him--Several of injured May Die"; "Other Crashes Fatal To 7" and more.
This tells ... See More
January 31, 1962
THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Massachusetts, January 31, 1962
* The Flying Wallendas
* Daredevil stunt highwire performers
* Circus act disaster (1st report)
This 32 page newspaper has a small one column heading on the front page: "One Dead, 3 Hurt As Famed Circus Aerialists Fall". See photo for brief text. The family were performing their human pyramid on the hi... See More
October 17, 1932
THE OMAHA BEE-NEWS, Omaha, Nebraska, October 17, 1932
* Denver M. Wright
* Commerce MO Missouri
* African circus "lion hunt"
This 18 page newspaper has a five column headline on the front page: "2 Surprised Lions Freed for Hunt" with subheads that include: "CIRCUS CATS STALKED BY TENDERFOOT" and more (see photos). This tells of Denver M. Wright's "Lio... See More
June 24, 1918
THE MORNING STAR, Wilmington, North Carolina, June 24, 1918 This 8 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page that include: "CIRCUS DISASTER COST 85 LIVES", "Sixty-Two Bodies Taken from Wreck With Only 24 of Them Recognizable" and more. See photos for text on the Hammond circus train wreck.
Other news, sports and advertisments of the day. Light bro... See More
July 25, 1931
MEMPHIS EVENING APPEAL, Memphis, Tennessee, July 25, 1931 This 12 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "BARNES, PIONEER OF CIRCUS, DEAD", "End Comes For Master Showman at Indio, Cal.; Under Big Top Since Youth"
Nice to have this report on the front page.
Other news of the day. Light browning with little margin wear and chipping, irregular at th... See More
August 4, 1942
THE NEWS, Frederick, Maryland, August 4, 1942
* Cleveland OH Ohio circus fire
* Ringling Brothers
This 8 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "50 Animals Burned As Fire Sweeps Circus Tent" and "Disastrous Blaze Sweeps Menagerie At Ringling Bros. Cleveland Show"
This tells of the fire disaster of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus a... See More
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