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Amazing Mid-Fifties Color Circus Pictures by Vern Orton

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Victoria the human cannon ball lady c.1955

Circus pictures. Victoria Zacchini the human cannon ball lady c.1955. Victoria was actually Agnes O’Toole from Liverpool who emigrated to America to become a nanny. She made a good living working with Ringling Brothers and Barnum Circus for six years. Of course she only had to work for just five seconds a day. She appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1957. Although it seems she must have impersonated the real Victoria Zacchini part of a famous family of human cannonball acts and who actually created the stunt.

 

Slivvers the Clown, 1954 Vern Orton

Slivers the Clown, 1954 Vern Orton. The original Slivers was Frank Oakley who committed suicide in 1916 but at his height for Barnum and Bailey’s Circus he was earning $1000 a week.

 

The Dormans, 1954 Vern Orton

The Dormans, 1954 Vern Orton

 

The Condors 1954 Vern Orton

The Condors 1954 Vern Orton

 

Slivvers the Clown, 1954 in car Vern Orton

Slivvers the Clown, 1954 in car Vern Orton

 

Shirley, Dorrie Orton, and Gracie at the Kelly-Miller Circus, 1954

Shirley, Dorrie Orton, and Gracie at the Kelly-Miller Circus, 1954

Kay and Carol, 1954

 

Idlewild Park, 1954

Idlewild Park, 1954

 

Dorrie Orton and Billy Roe,1954 Sharkey the Seal?

Dorrie Orton and Billy Roe,1954 Sharkey the Seal?

 

Clowns at Gainesville Circus, Texas c.1954

Clowns at Gainesville Circus, Texas c.1954

 

Christiani Brothers Circus, Nova Scotia, 1956

Christiani Brothers Circus, Nova Scotia, 1956

 

Christiani Bros. Circus, 1956

Christiani Bros. Circus, 1956

 

Baby Elephant act

Baby Elephant act

 

Acrobat at Gainesville Circus c.1954

Acrobat at Gainesville Circus c.1954

The Barratts 1954 Vern Orton

The Barretts in 1954.

  • Dirk Digler

    nice