Circus! The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier

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Get ready for snake charmers, high-wire walkers, dare devils, and Mamie Kline, Queen of the Iron Jaw, when the Tampa Bay History Center presents Circus! The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier, on exhibit May 25 through August 4.

On loan from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the collection of more than 60 rare black and white photographs documents the working life of circus performers in the early 20th century, from ticket takers and sideshow performers to contortionists, clowns, and acrobats.

Photographer Frederick W. Glasier traveled with the Sparks Circus, Ringling Bros. and other circuses during the early 1900s through the 1930s, documenting the behind-the-scenes lives and work of traveling showmen and entertainers. His lens captures the humanity and spectacle of the American circus during its heyday.

The photographs selected for the exhibition at the History Center are part of a unique collection of more than 1,700 original glass plate negatives made by Glasier between 1896 and the 1930s and preserved in the archives of the Ringling.
Circus! The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier is at the Tampa Bay History Center through Aug. 4, and is sponsored by the Kimmins Family Foundation and the Tampa Bay Times.
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