Circus fan? Here's a collector's find for you. I am offering the memoirs of Tiny Kline and two vintage postcard folders from Ringling Bros Mansion in Sarasota and from Circus World in Baraboo. Tiny Kline performed in many circus and circus-style shows from 1911 until 1964. Her birth name was Helen Deutsch. She began performing in burlesque at the age of fifteen. Throughout her career she taught herself to perform as an elephant rider, horseback rider, aerialist, the iron jaw and her famous slide for life act. She made her own costumes while working at the Hippodrome, Barnum & Bailey, Polack's Shrine Circus, and Ringling Brother's. She ended her career as the very first flesh & blood Tinkerbell at Disneyland at 70 years of age. The book is: Circus Queen & Tinker Bell - The Memoir of Tiny Kline. Edited by Janet M. Davis from Tiny's own notes. ISBN 978-0-252-07510-0
There is a linen postcard souvenir packet by Curtis Teich & Co. 1950. This souvenir is from the winter quarters of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota, Florida. Included are 18 images of clowns, elephants, bears, chimps, lions, gorilla, and art in the collection of the Ringling Mansion. This folder has been addressed and postmarked with three-cent stamp.The other postcard folder is of the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It includes 13 images of circus wagons, horses, elephants, and parade floats. It was produced by Dexter Press of West Nyack, New York. There is some writing on this folder, but it was never mailed. These scenes of circus life help bring the world of Tiny Kline come to life. There are very few photographs in Tiny's book. She described the circus parades of old and explained their demise. I found this book a real back stage view of a world of art that is non-existent today. Memories of a world gone bye that will never arise again. No odors, no stains, no tears.


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