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The 1900s Ringling Bros. Circus as captured by Harry A. Atwell

In the early 1900s, when the circus came to town, everyone took the day off. The factory you worked at would close for the day. All the shopkeepers would lock up and head to see the animals and sideshow performers who they’d seen parading into town. In 1910, the Ringling Bros. hired Harry A. Atwell as their official photographer, and he began a forty-year career of capturing circus life. The following collection of images is a walk behind the scenes and under the big top of the Ringling Bros. Circus of the early 20th century.

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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