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The mission of the Circus Historical Society is to preserve, promote and share though education, the history and cultural significance of the circus and allied arts, past and present.


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Star Don't Fool Yourself: The Magical Life of Dell O'Dell, new book that has just been published. Dell O'Dell was the daughter of Lucky Bill Newton, a circus owner from Kansas. Her brother, Honest Bill, was also a circus owner. Following in his footsteps, Dell learned to juggle, balance sofas on her chin, and went on to own her own circus (and was one of the few women to do so in the early 20th century). She worked in many big shows, as well. Her husband, Charles Carrer, a top flight juggler, grew up in Europe and toured the world with many circuses himself. The book includes rare photographs from Dell's career, her father, and their shows. It is a 332-page quality hardcover, and is available from the publisher:

Star Astley's Circus, the story of an English Hussar, new book on the life and times of Philip Astley and his role in the formation of the circus. Astley was one of the most famous and popular entrepreneurs of the 18th Century - a man dubbed "the father of the modern circus." Lots of illustrations! Details at Astley's Circus


Circus Historical Society  Bandwagon Special Offer!

Huge specials on past editions of the Bandwagon, each special only good for two months. The limited time offer is for the entire six issues of 1989. These issues are filled with great circus history as authored by Fred D. Pfening III, Orin C. King, Dorothy Herbert, Robert Kitchen, Joseph T. Bradbury, Debbie Wallenda, Gordon M. Carver, Fred Dahlinger, Jr., Steve Gossard, Stuart Thayer and more. These issues are covered in detail at Bandwagon 1989 (scroll down for the next five issues)

Perhaps you have recently joined CHS and are looking to read an article about a favorite subject, or have been a member for years and would love to read more about the circus and circus history or maybe you're looking for that perfect gift. You can't pass up a deal like this. All six issues for only $25.00! (includes shipping). Make your check out to Circus Historical Society and send it to: Bandwagon Special Issue, 1075 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43212-2691. (International orders, contact CHS).

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