Posts Tagged ‘Circus’

#ThrowbackThursday: Step Right Up, Step Right Up!

June 6th, 2013

by Elissa Blattman, Project Assistant

Drawing from 1890

It’s June!  You know what that means – summer, nice weather, and outdoor fun!  That thought, and the potential financial gains from getting customers to travel from near and far in the nice weather to see his shows, must have at least crossed P.T. Barnum’s mind when he decided June 2, 1835 would be a good date to kick off his very first circus tour of the United States.  The circus has long been a staple of American and European entertainment, but it also stands out as an early career opportunity for women (and people of color and people with disabilities or physical abnormalities) in the United States as well as a public example of women’s changing roles around the turn of the 20th century.  From bearded ladies to snake charmers to bareback riders to high fliers, the circus was one place where women could escape the social and moral norms of the Victorian era and earn a living doing it. Read the rest of this entry »