A SERIES of stunning unseen pictures capture the American circus and actors during its 1940s heyday. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, known as The Greatest Show on Earth, wowed the world for decades with daring tricks, acrobats and stunts. The group started as two separate entities in 1871 before joining forces in 1919 and together put on shows for decades before calling the final curtain in 2017.
Photographer Charles Weever Cushman from Indiana, followed the troupe in the late 1940s. He captured the daring actors, their training, and colourful costumes during the troupe’s Chicago tour. Using a Kodachrome, he collected a massive library of around 14,500 snaps.
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