• The Greatest Show on Earth: The History of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

    *Includes pictures. *Highlights Barnum's entertainment career and transition into the circus. *Includes a bibliography for further reading. "We bring you the circus — that Pied Piper whose magic tunes lead children of all ages into a tinseled and spun-candied world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter; whirling thrills; of rhythm, excitement and grace; of daring, enflaring and dance; of high-stepping horses and high-flying stars. But behind all this, the circus is a massive machine whose very life depends on discipline, motion and speed — a mechanized army on wheels that rolls over any obstacle in its path — that meets calamity again and again, but always comes up smiling — a place where disaster and tragedy stalk the Big Top, haunts the back yard, and rides the circus train — where Death is constantly watching for one frayed rope, one weak link, or one trace of fear. A fierce, primitive fighting force that smashes relentlessly forward against impossible odds: That is the circus — and this is the story of the biggest of the Big Tops — and of the men and women who fight to make it.” – Opening remarks from the film The Greatest Show On Earth!, a drama set in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Americans have loved traveling circuses for gen...

    • ASIN: 1497315905

  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1977 Souvenir Program

    107th edition Souvenir Program and Magazine for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, published in 1977. Close to 100 pages of features, photos and much more, including a large fold-out poster. Program measures 10 x 13 inches.

    • ASIN: B002QH099M

  • Life Story of the Ringling Brothers

    The Ringling brothers were seven American siblings of small-town Wisconsin who transformed their small touring company of performers into one of America's largest circuses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1900 Alfred "Alf" Theodore Ringling (1861–1919) published the book "Life Story of the Ringling Brothers". There is no more striking example of a well-defined ambition reaching out toward a distinctive goal, and attaining it regardless of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and difficulties, than in the story of the Ringling brothers. To be sure, the idea of five boys saying to each other, "We want a circus," wasn't much to create more than a laugh among their playfellows; but for them to determine to have a circus, and the biggest and finest in the world, and then to start getting it, and finish by having it, makes an altogether different story of the five little boys' dreams. There wasn't much in the "wanting to have," but there was a great deal in the "getting."Of course, all this didn't happen- in an hour. There is a great lapse of years between the time when the Ringling boys said, "We want a circus," and the day when the Ringling men could say, "We have a circus," and it is this intervening time between the desire and the realization with which this story deal...

    • ASIN: B01N3M4TUV

  • Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus - Souvenir Program & Magazine (108th Edition)

    Here is a 1978 Circus Souvenir Program and Magazine It says on the cover: Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show On Earth; 108nd Edition $2.00; Souvenir Program & Magazine Ringling Bros and Barnum& Bailey Combine Shows Inc 1978; It is a paperback that measures 10" by 13 1/4" and has approx 66 unnumbered pages. The binding is stapled. The cover is printed in color. The paper inside has an egg-shell finish--and it is all printed in full color with dramatic circus photographs. There are also essays telling about the circus. Included, bound into the magazine is a folded up Circus Poster that has never been removed (it looks to me like it would measure 38" by 24" if it was removed).; Examples of articles in the books are : The Big Cats; Short Profiles of performers; Circle Cycling; The Smallest Man in the World MICHU; a complete program of the show; plus there are some advertisements for Toys and Candy and the like -- plus there is much, much, much more about the circus

    • ASIN: B001T5ILCO