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Wild, Weird, and Wonderful.
The American Circus Circa 1910.


Photographs by F. W. Galsier. Text by Mark Sloan.
Quantuck Lane Press, New York, 2002. 128 pp., 75 duotone illustrations, 11x9¾".

Fred Whitman Glasier was a commercial portrait photographer with a studio in Brockton, Massachusetts who documented every circus that came through northern Mass. during the first third of the 20th century including The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circuses. Most of the photographs were made on sheet film or glass plate negatives, meaning exposure times and tonal ranges ran long, thus giving the portraits of equestriennes, clowns, and wire-walkers a richly detailed, timeless quality. Perhaps the greatest curiosity is the portrait of what is described as "a small breed of cranial hoppers-a brief fad that could only end badly." See page 114 for the live-action shot!

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