Today, in 1881, PT Barnum and James Bailey combined their shows, creating a mega-production, the Circus. After their deaths their circus was absorbed by the Ringling Brothers (1906), resulting in the circus of today.
Circus seems to represent a crazed gaiety, a colorful amalgam of the exotic, the dangerous, and the beautiful.
This circus will have its final performances in May of this year; its time has apparently passed. It was an institution, and had a great deal to recommend it, for “Children of All Ages”.