the circus 1870s-1950s

This book is called, The Circus : 1870's—1950s, by Noel Daniel. Published by Taschen, with text in English, French and German. Its huge! While some images are unsettling — like the dancing bears — it contains a fascinating, historical look at an industry of entertainment like no other.  

I was extremely lucky to have received this book as a surprise gift after completing The Traveling Circus window at Craft Victoria earlier this year. Amazing right?! I know!! Each time I look through it's pages I discover new things. The layers of detail in the photos are captivating.

10 comments:

Leni and Rose said...

I love the taschen books, have got a botanical one - just gorgeous! Must say, that last photo is pretty scary looking!!

Kylie said...

Oh my, it is wonderful! You lucky thing! I agree about the unsettling nature of the dancing bear pics, but yes, what an amazing era :) Kx

KLT said...

What a fantastic book! Can't wait to see how it influences your work. :)

katiecrackernuts said...

A fabulous book. I read Water for Elephants recently and wondered at the research that went into it and what circus life must have been like - and is like now.

Tine Swijns said...

gosh gotta have that book :)

Annika said...

Looks like a great book. I have been interested in circus history ever since I read Water For Elephants.

Bonjour Johanna said...

Fascinating it the word!

This book was the perfect gift for you after making the window at Craft Victoria.

I always like to read and see pictures of people having with entertainement, so I hope to once get a chance to read this book too.

And thank you for sharing,
xxx

Alisa said...

Oh Wow, what a great gift! I'd heard that this book was extraordinary and these images confirm that. : )

Veja cecilia said...

I love that book, it´s inspiring:)

Sandra Eterovic said...

Hi Evie,
I love that you showed completely different pictures from that book to the ones that I showed on my blog! It is a brilliant book, I too look forward to seeing how it influences your work...
All the best
Sandra