David Alzano interrupts his mother in rehearsals as she pauses, lights a cigarette, and listens to his complaint of playmate squabbles at Ringling Bros. Circus. Sarasota, Florida, 1949.  By Nina Leen

David Alzano interrupts his mother in rehearsals as she pauses, lights a cigarette, and listens to his complaint of playmate squabbles at Ringling Bros. Circus. Sarasota, Florida, 1949. By Nina Leen

Dorothy Herbert Photo from The Pictorial History of the American Circus by John and Alice Durant (fifth printing 1967)

Dorothy Herbert Photo from The Pictorial History of the American Circus by John and Alice Durant (fifth printing 1967)

Mary Jones, who performed as Alar The Human Arrow, photographed in New York in 1897, Just before she had her near fatal accident, when the giant crossbow malfunctioned [sic].

Mary Jones, who performed as Alar The Human Arrow, photographed in New York in 1897, Just before she had her near fatal accident, when the giant crossbow malfunctioned [sic].

Knife thrower in sexy blouse, The Netherlands, Cameras of that period would not have been fast enough to capture the dagger in mid-air, so this must have been manually suspended or inserted when being processed. Opinions?

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