Circus Women in the 40s and 50s.
I am interested in the circus for the sake of the history of magic-and-related-arts. Of course the article says ‘showgirls’ so I apologise for that. They are all women, but the pictures are really worth it. The best cirus book I read was ‘Step RIght Up’ about a young man who joins a travelling carnival about a decade before this and learns sword swallowing and other such things including the swallowing of lit fluorescent tubes. It was gripping. Another great one is Umberto’s Circus of an earlier time still about a young boy circus boy who loves animals, but whose father has him trained as a very young acrobat. I know, it sounds cheesey. But it isn’t. It really really isn’t. It’s a hard world And a magical one, and one where there is a clear and interesting line between wizards and muggles.
Here’s a link to the article and more pictures: http://flavorwire.com/216829/rare-color-photos-of-circus-showgirls-of-the-40s-and-50s