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Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier


Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier: Slideshow: Slide 3

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Flying Fishers, circa 1907

The flying trapeze act was developed in France in 1859 and became a favorite circus attraction in America. The Flying Fishers, from Bloomington, Illinois, were one of the early flying acts who, “introducing somersaults, shoot-out forwards, twisters, full twisting somersaults, over and unders, one and half somersaults, double somersaults, etc., etc.,” were part of the Ringling Bros. “extraordinary engagements of world-famous high air performers.”

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