Victorian/Edwardian Circus Acts

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Circus Performer Zelda Boden, 1910s via

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Circus cyclists, c. 1891 via

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“Trick Rider”. Usually they would ride in circles doing various tricks on the ponies via

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Circus Girl with horse, 1908 via

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CIRCUS HARLEQUIN Performer, c. 1910 via

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Sanger’s Circus carriage, late 19th century Great Britain via

The Circus Girls by Nina Leen (1949)

Nina Leen (d. 1995) was a Russian-born American photographer and a constant contributor to Life. A self-taught photographer she never became a staff photographer, but she contributed as a contract photographer until the magazine closed in 1972.

In 1949 she shot the sassy subculture of circus girls in Sarasota, Florida, dubbed “the home of the American circus” for the magazine.

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By Nina Leen, 1949 via

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by Nina Leen, 1949 via

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by Nina Leen, 1949 via

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by Nina Leen, 1949 via

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by Nina Leen, 1949 via