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I don't like the circus. Not the animals or the acrobats and especially not the clowns. My littlest sister wanted to visit now that it came to Anaheim and I explained why I wasn't going. It is is interesting to see how a young girl of 8 understood and respected my decision to not go while my dad of 40-something did not. I am allowed to be my own person with dislikes and anyone who cares about me should respect them.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, Sacred White Elephant. Lithograph gathered by Karl K. Knecht from the advance advertising cars that toured ahead of circuses in the early 1920s. Pfening Collection. Bandwagon,

Ringling Brothers - Circus Museum by stevesnyderphotography, via Flickr

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus program, 1952.

A wonderful Edwardian era Ringing Bros. poster promoting the acrobatic Ernesto Sisters.

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus by thorntm, via Flickr

Ringling Bros.,Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster

Famous mid-century jugglers Francis Brunn and his sister Lottie at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Show in 1949.

ringling brothers circus in anaheim 2008. by brady_johnson, via Flickr

The trio of Levy (alternately spelled Levey) Sisters was a vaudeville act that performed in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century.

Bird Millman (1890-1940) was a celebrated female high-wire performer. During the “Golden Age of the American Circus,” she was a premiere attraction with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.