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We started with a family portrait in front of the mural in the foyer.
Before we go further, let's step back for the full impact of William Woodward's monumental mural!
Climb onto the bandwagon for this virtual tour of the Ringling Circus Museum!
A calliope provided the signature soundtrack for the circus.
As the King of Beasts, lions rode in style.
Other animals followed up.
Imagine what the spectators thought of these ornate wagon wheels!
The circus owners rode in style too!.
Pullman cars provided them a refuge from the road.
Quiet and comfortable, it was a good place to transact business.
And impress the locals.
A circus staple was the daredevil. like the Human Cannonball.
These huge paper-mache masks made everybody smile.
When the circus came to town, it announced itself by staging a parade.
The elephants lead the way!
Followed by beautiful floats.
Followed by more elephants.
The circus' midway is like Main Street!
You can get whatever you want or take in one of the sideshows.
There's an exhibition of exotic wild animals.
Everywhere, everybody is busy.
Back at the railroad siding, a wagon is in trouble.
It takes a lot to produce the show under the Big Top!.
Here, the Ringlings honor Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill's "Wild West!"
And they tell his story in the context of their circus experience.
Buffalo Bill hired the famous circus owner, Jame A. Bailey as a consultant to improve his show's professionalism.
The race is on! Come to the circus!.
Even after the circus has moved on, posters remember the spectacle.
For many, this was the first time they saw anything like this ancient art.

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