Circus, Sideshow & Cabinet of Curiosities
Ewald Redam (far left) was the principal athlete in a troupe of German strength performers who were active in the 20s. During WW I, Ewald, his Latvian life, Ludmilla, and two other athletes formed the Four Redams. The act was a great hit, even more remarkable because the women got as much attention for their strength feats as the men. In the 1930s, the group added two more strong women.
Scale again. These performers are on stilts (no. we are NOT doing that) If they were sicillian? Maybe? I feel like the learning curve for the performers would be too big. The more they can directly connect to the puppet the better. each puppet here is the length of the performer's torso. This is about the size I'd like to play with
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ANCIENT VIKING RUNE STONE LUNAR CALENDAR 1000 AD Norway
This is a set of tools which belonged to an Iron Age Viking craftsman. They apparently went overboard and were lost while he was trying to cross lake Mästermyr on the island of Gotland. In 1936 the wooden chest containing all the tools was found at the bottom of the former lake, which had turned into a bog over the centuries. This man had quite a collection of axes, hammers, tongs, punches, plate shears, saw blades, files, rasps, drills, chisels, knives, awls and whetstones among the 200 items.
Viking craftsman lost all his equipment while he traveled across the lake Mästermyr on the island of Gotland. In 1936 the wooden chest containing all the tools were found at the bottom of the former lake, whichhad turned into a bog. There are axes, hammers, tongs, files, rasps, whetstones among the 200 objects that were found in the chest. The funny thing is that the tools are at least 1000 years old but look like they could have been made today.
From a set of playing cards, ca. 1470–1485, South Netherlandish -- The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards from the 15th century. There are four suits, each consisting of a king, a queen, a knave, and ten pip cards. The suit symbols, based on equipment associated with the hunt, are hunting horns, dog collars, hound tethers, and game nooses. The figures appear to be based on Franco-Flemish models.
United States Woman’s Bicycling Ensemble, circa 1898. Costume/clothing principle attire/lower body; Costume/clothing principle attire/upper body, Wool, linen, a) Jacket center back length with collar: 19 1/2 in. (49.53 cm); Center back length without collar: 18 in. (45.72 cm); b) Skirt length: 27 1/2 in. (69.85 cm) Gift of Bullock’s (M.74.24.27a-b)
Cycling ensemble ca. 1898 via The Los Angeles County Museum of Art