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CHS history News & Views, the CHS Newsletter, information and index. Post questions or information on circuses, performers, staff, etc. here!
Help answer questions here. Convention news!
Read about past conventions. Visit our Circus History Library!
Information on circuses, staff, performers, acts, equipment.
Online books, route books, couriers.
Over 150 articles online.
Publications: New York Clipper excerpts, Billboard, Circus Scrap Book, Back Yard, Circus Report. Circus history and CHS merchandise available from CHS. Circus and circus-related books, magazines, newspapers, other.
Indexes to White Tops (CFA), Circus Fanfare (Windjammers).
Index to magazine articles, 1912-1972 Major collections in the USA.
State-by-state listing. Photos of shows, acts, wagons, animals. Interviews with and about circuses and circus showmen. Links to websites with early history, circuses, biograpies, museums and organizations.
Circus Historical Society
Bandwagon . . . take a journey into the past
Contributing an article to Bandwagon: Call for Papers
Bandwagon, CHS's journal, publishes captivating articles relating to circus history. Articles have explored such far ranging topics such as the Forepaugh-Sells seasons 1910-1911, seal lion training, circus balloon ascensions, circus parades of the 1930's, the circus season of 2001 reviewed, and the Ringling Bros. winterquarters in the early 1900's. Most issues cover a half dozen topics varying in length from a single page to fifteen pages.
Powerful personalities who shaped the circus industry, past and present are also featured in articles. Such individuals include early circus owners as Rufus Welch, and Levi North, world famous circus impresarios like James A. Bailey and John Ringling and more recent owners such as Floyd King and Clifford Vargas find their way onto the pages of Bandwagon. Great performers are not overlooked with all-time greats, Gunther Gebels-Williams and Lucio Cristiani, together with fond memories of Clyde Beatty and May Wirth being duly recorded and presented.
Bandwagon Article Index, 1957 - 1999, some articles online!
Bandwagon Article Index, 1952 - 1956, some articles online!
Bandwagon Article Index, 1940 - 1951, some articles online!
1968: All but Jan-Feb
1969: Jul-Aug, Sep-Oct
1970: All but Jul-Aug, Sep-Oct
1971: All but Mar-Apr, May-Jun
1972: all available
1973: All but Nov-Dec
1974: All but Mar-Apr, May-Jun
1975: All available
1976: All but Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec
1977: All but Mar-Apr
1978: All available
1979: All but Jan-Feb
1980-1986: All available
1987: All but Nov-Dec
1988 - Current: All available
Back issues from 1957 to 1969 are $9.00 each. Issues between 1970 and 2014 are $7.00 each. Issues for 2015 are $15.00 each. Add $2.50 postage for one issue, $5.00 postage for more than one issue. Please select substitutes in case we are out of any of the above issues. Many other issues (one or two of each) are available that can be special ordered at the same price.
Issues for the current year are $15.00 each, add $2.50 for one issue, $5.00 for more than one issue.
Make check out to Circus Historical Society and send your order to:
Bandwagon Back Issues
1075 W. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212-2691
Last modified 2012.