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Becker, Ronald G.
Inclusive Dates:
1836 1837 1838 1839 1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 1848 1849 1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960, 
Abstract:
More than one thousand photographs of 19th century sideshows and circuses, most by photographer Charles Eisenmann or his successor Frank Wendt, the remainder by unknown photographers. Most of the photographs depict the physical abnormalities of humans and animals featured at these shows. Subjects include P.T. Barnum, the P.T. Barnum Firm (Barnum and Bailey Circus), and Tom Thumb. Also included are Becker's research notes, an 1865-1868 run of The New York Clipper (forerunner of Billboard Magazine), and various print (broadsides and posters) and non-print circus memorabilia.
Type of Material:
Advertising fliers.
Albumen prints.
Broadsides.
Cabinet photographs.
Cartes-de-visite.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Ephemera.
Gelatin silver prints.
Notes.
Pamphlets.
Photographs.
Posters.
Salted paper prints.
Subject:
New York clipper.
Photographers.
Photography
Abnormalities, Human -- Photographs.
Advertising, Circus.
Amusement parks -- Photographs.
Animals -- Abnormalities -- Photographs.
Broadsides -- 19th century.
Cabinet photographs.
Carte de visite photographs.
Circus -- Collectibles.
Circus animals, Photographs.
Circus performers -- United States -- Photographs.
Deformities, Artificial -- Photographs.
Dwarfs, Portraits.
Freak shows -- Photographs.
Giants -- Portraits.
Photography of the grotesque -- United States.
Portrait photography.
Posters, 19th century.
Printed ephemera.
Conjoined twins -- Portraits.