The Greatest Show on Earth

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”.


4 thoughts on “The Greatest Show on Earth

  1. A lovely tribute, Bill. Bravo!

    I remember seeing the circus when I was a kid. We lived in a small town and the only venue big enough was the high school stadium. Oh! And then we saw the circus again when I was in high school. That was under the Big Top, so it was lots of fun.

    A college friend became a clown in the circus, and she let us see her “room” on the circus train. Oooh, it was tiny!

    Finally, we fell in love with the “new circus”: Cirque du Soleil. That was such fun for so many years.

    Thank you for noting the passage of a great old American institution!

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