Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier: Slideshow: Slide 18
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Mademoiselle Scheel with Lions, circa 1905

At the beginning of the 20th century, women performers and their acts became an important part of the attraction of the circus. Beauty and the beast was a popular theme often depicted when women in short, frilly dresses entered calmly into cages to pose with ferocious, wild animals.