Water for Elephants
Have you read Water for Elephants? Have you seen Water for Elephants at the movies?
The year is 1931. When the circus came to town, it was a one-day departure from the hard times of Depression-era America. The circus train, the circus parade, and the big tent were a part of the greatest entertainment at that time. The animals and the performers were the celebrities!
AwesomeStories has a wonderful feature based on Water for Elephants. Take a look and follow the hyperlinks to learn more about the circus during the 1930s. http://www.awesomestories.com/flicks/water-for-elephants In chapter 5, follow the two links in the first paragraph to get more information on the movie version currently in theaters.
The Library of Congress has great images of the circus, including promotional posters:
- Riding a Silver Horse – Gentry Bros. Circus
- A Truly Big Show – Al G. Barnes & Sells-Floto Circus
- Troupe of Remarkable Trained Pigs – Barnum & Bailey
- Flights Over Elephants – Forepaugh & Sells Brothers
- Schuman’s German Horse Circus – Ringling Brothers
- 5-Ring Wild Animal Show – Christy Bros
- Greatest Show on Earth – P.T. Barnum and J.A. Bailey
- Lion Tamer – Big Cats as a Circus Main Attraction
- Grand Lay-Out – Setting Up a Circus by the Rail Tracks
- Most Perilous Performance – Forepaugh and Sells Bros.
- World’s Most Marvelous Lady Gymnast – Ringling Bros.
- The Lion Queen – Women Find Work with the Circus
- The Man that Walked on His Head – Ringling Bros.
- Jumbo – The Giant African Elephant – P.T. Barnum
- Tigers – A Favorite Circus Attraction – Ringling Bros.