Here, in both glory
and grit, is the American circus during the most vibrant period in
its history. These photographs, not seen for almost a century,
show it all, from the pre-performance parades and tent raisings to
the magical events under the "Big Top" and the train
leaving town. We see performers hanging by their teeth and hanging
out the laundry, and much in between. These truly remarkable
images capture both the intensity of the routines and the spirit
of camaraderie of the performers.
Glasier's work was unique in many
ways, not the least of which was the off-hand elegance he allowed
his subjects, even the wonderful animals. This was the era of the
big tents, and in these beautiful prints they appear as seductive,
gossamer backdrops to the performers. Mark Sloan's discovery of
Glasier's work is a true gift to circus lovers and all of us who
care about our past. 75 duotone images.