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Circus swing, Boston, 1853

John Martin: Expert Observer - Circus swing, Boston, 1853

Of the circus swing, he wrote, "The introduction of swing exercises on a rope as below commenced in this Circus which was as wonderful as any feats…

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Artemus Ward, Boston, ca. 1862

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

Barnum, the circus owner, and Artemus Ward, the humorist. With Shaw as his manager, Ward gave one of his first humorous lectures at the Old City…

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Wedding at Lincoln House Hotel, Lincoln, ca. 1890

Lincoln, Maine - Lincoln House Hotel

I ended up going to the circus. It was amazing. I had an exciting time at the hotel with the circus crew here.

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Hampden House Bar, 1837

John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 74-138

… House Bar Bowling alleys Jes Crosman Sands Circus & Caravan Carlton Dancing School Hampden Rifle Co.

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First balloon ascension, Bangor, 1857

John Martin: Expert Observer - Scrap & Sketch Book 2: 1864-1866

… of topics, often jumping from one to another: the circus, the Cornet Band, newspaper articles about politics, a tribute to a friend who died in the…

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The Indian Village, Bar Harbor, ca. 1909

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Performance

… an imposing presence at 6'4" and 225 lbs, with circus-like showmanship and a keen understanding of the Vaudeville style.

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First balloon ascension, Bangor, 1857

John Martin: Expert Observer - First balloon ascension, Bangor, 1857

1, 1857, thousands gathered on the circus grounds Summer Street in Bangor to watch the ascension of a yellow silk balloon named "Young America." It…

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Harness racing at the Bass Park, Bangor, ca. 1915

Life on a Tidal River - Bass Park: A History of Fillies, Fame, and Fun

… racing on its half-mile track, polo, baseball, circuses, soccer, carnivals, tractor pulls, rodeos, demolition derbies, horse shows, and even a…

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Maternity, Hallowell Granite Works, ca. 1895

Historic Hallowell - Police and Fire Citations

… The Free Encyclopedia of the International Circus. 1 Apr. 2011 <http://www.circopedia.org/ index.php? title=Ben_Williams&action=history>.

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