These photographs were taken by Harrison Sayre while visiting circuses around the United States from the 1950s to the 1980s. The performers, clowns and animals in the photographs are from well-known circuses such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus, Toby Tyler Circus, Christiani Bros. Circus, Circus Vargas and the Great American Circus.
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