Into the Ring: 12 Old-Timey Circus Photos

Alexis Swerdloff

The other night, when we couldn't sleep, we spent some time on the Kentuckiana Digital Library website (don't ask), where we stumbled on the W. B. Griffin collection of circus photographs taken between 1913-1979. Griffin (who died in 2000 at the age of 96) was the founder of  W. B. Griffin and Son Insurance Administrators, and treasurer of Local 554 of the American Federation of Musicians. He played the trumpet in various circus bands, and loved taking and collecting pictures of circus-related shenanigans. Here's a smattering of images from his collection.

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