LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS... welcome to the big top blog of Douglas McPherson, author of CIRCUS MANIA, the book described by Gerry Cottle as "A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people."

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Barnum & Bailey come to... Norwich

Christmas shopping in Prince of Wales Road in Norwich today, it was hard to imagine Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth parading along the same route in the 19th century, as shown in the picture below from the Victoria and Albert Museum archive.

For the story of how Barnum met Bailey, and many others from the circus of yesterday and today, read Circus Mania by Douglas McPherson, described by the Mail on Sunday as "A brilliant account of a vanishing art form."

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