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circus poster Circuses, Spectacles, Etc.

sur' kus, an entertainment featuring performing animals, clowns, acrobats, etc.

Phineas Taylor BarnumPhineas Taylor Barnum began his show business career in 1835, when he put Joice Heth on exhibit and advertised her to be over 160 years old and George Washington's nurse. His Barnum's American Museum in New York was for several years one of the most popular destinations in the United States. The "Greatest Show on Earth" began touring under that moniker in 1872.
Emmett Leo Kelly, Sr.Emmett Leo Kelly, Sr. debuted his "Weary Willie" clown character in 1933, and appeared as that character in circuses, plays, and movies for decades thereafter. The character was based on a sketch he had done while working as a cartoonist for a silent film company early in his working career.
Freedomland U.S.A.Freedomland U.S.A. Opened on June 19, 1960 (Father's Day 1960), Freedomland U.S.A. featured seven (later eight) themed areas based on United States history. The areas were contained within an 85-acre park layout based on the shape of the continental United States and were connected by eight miles of navigable man-made waterways and lakes.
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