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Was There a Circus in Your 'Backyard'?

    The following are "logos" from a variety of 20th century circuses scanned from the Ted Bowman collection of envelopes provided by John Polacsek. Click on the small graphic to view the actual logo. The list of circuses is arranged by state and city/town listed as the return address on the envelope. The return addresses are either the circus winter quarters, business office, or the lithograph company that provided posters for the show.. Some of the logos give additional information (e.g., names, addresses). Also listed is the date the circus was in this city & state, verified by John Polacsek.

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    All American Indoor CircusBirminghamAlabama1959
    Famous Cole Wild Animal CircusHot SpringsArkansas1957
    Roller Bros. CircusLake HamiltonArkansas1984
    Edgar B. Bucks
    Trained Wild Animal Circus
    Rudy Bros. CircusSan GabrielCalifornia1956
    Big John A. Strong CircusThousand OaksCalifornia1958-1959
    Rogers Bros. CircusFt. MyersFlorida1951-1952
    Beers-Barnes CircusHialeahFlorida1960-1962
    Cristiani Bros. 3 Ring Wild Animal CircusSarasotaFlorida1956-1957
    Harold Bros. CircusSarasotaFlorida1958-1959
    Roberts Bros. Circus
    Correction: show toured from 1974 to 2001 - Jeff Earl
    Hagan Wallace Sells & Gray Combined CircusWinter ParkFlorida1977
    King Bros. CircusWinter ParkFlorida1976
    No graphicAllen Bros. CircusWauchulaFlorida1998
    No graphicRogers Bros.EdisonGeorgia1948
    Yankee Robinson ShowsDes MoinesIowa1911
    World Bros. Wild Animal CircusGrangerIowa1923
    Col. Tim McCoy's Real Wild West and Rough Riders of the WorldChicagoIllinois1938
    Polack Bros. CircusChicagoIllinois1944-1961
    Barnes & Dailey CircusMedoraIndiana1974
    John Robinson's CircusPeruIndiana1924
    Cole Bros. CircusRochesterIndiana1937-1938
    Cole Bros. Circus, Inc.LouisvilleKentucky1949
    Barnes Bros. CircusDetroitMichigan1944
    Howe Bros. CircusKansas CityMissouri1937
    Tom Packs' CircusSt. LouisMissouri1955-1961
    Penny Bros.St. LouisMissouri1960-1961
    Kelly - Miller CircusOcean SpringsMississippi1968
    Boswell Bros. CircusWilsonNorth Carolina1962
    Hunt's Three Ring CircusBurlingtonNew Jersey1958-1961
    D'Alma's Famous Trained Animal ShowsCoronaNew York1905
    Great James M. Cole CircusPenn YanNew York1943-1954
    Diano Bros. CircusCantonOhio1953
    Bailey Bros. New CircusCincinnatiOhio1948
    King Bros. & Cristiani CircusCincinnatiOhio1953
    Mills Bros. CircusCleveland HeightsOhio1953-1962
    E. E. Coleman's Dog and Pony CircusDaytonOhio1945
    Rentz Bros. Big R.R. ShowsGenevaOhio1913
    Tex Carson Wild Animal CircusHugoOklahoma1955-1956
    Cole and Walters Wild Animal CircusHugoOklahoma1951-1953
    Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. CircusHugoOklahoma1955-1960
    Stevens Bros. CircusHugoOklahoma1946-1949
    Capell Bros. CircusMcAlesterOklahoma1951
    Clyde Bros. CircusOklahoma CityOklahoma1955-1959
    Mid America CircusTulsaOklahoma1975
    Hoxie Bros. And Great American Combined CircusHarrisburgPennsylvania1983
    Wheeler Bros. Greater ShowsOxfordPennsylvania1914-1915
    Reo Bros. CircusUpper DarbyPennsylvania1941
    Barnett Bros. CircusYorkSouth Carolina1933-1936
    King and Franklin CircusChattanoogaTennessee1947
    Howe's Famous Hippodrome CircusMemphisTennessee1952
    Henson Bros. CircusSpringfieldTennessee1957
    No graphicAustin Bros. CircusAustinTexas1945
    Bailey Bros. CircusGainesvilleTexas1959
    Campa Bros. CircusGonzalesTexas1955
    Dailey Bros. CircusGonzalesTexas1948-1950
    Adams Bros. CircusAppletonWisconsin1958
    Capt. Eddy's Trained Wild Animal CircusHuntingtonWest Virginia1958
    Martin and Downs CircusCampbellfordOntario, Canada1977-1982
    Royal Bros. CircusCampbellfordOntario, Canada1974-1976


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