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RB.B&B. #1

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The Cinderella float drawn by a team of four-horse-hitch with parade blankets. Photo taken as they were returning from the parade. Late 1920’s or early 1930’s.

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Ringling Bros #2

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This is a great shot of the Giraffe den wagon, 1896.

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Ringling Bros #3

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A four camel team hitch, 1908. Photo taken during a parade. The name of the tableau wagon is unknown to me at this time.

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Ringling Bros #5

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Ringling Bros Bell Wagon, 1908.

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Ringling Bros #6

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1908 parade. This float is being pulled by an 8 horse hitch, and it’s name is unknown to me at this time. In this photo on the right is a horseman he is known as the outrider. It is not too often they are seen in a photo.  The outriders are a very important part of a circus parade. His job is to protect the horses from stray dogs that could cause a horse to bolt, and from people getting too close to the parade wagons. More importantly, it is his duty to stop a team run away if necessary.  There have been times that someone in the crowd would throw a fire cracker, or perhaps a loud noise would spook the horses. If in the event there was a run away the outrider would gallop forward to catch the lead team and rein the two horses up to a halt. After a few minutes of calming down the situation the parade would start up again.

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Ringling Bros #7

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Zebras, only two are seen in this photo, pulling a dignitary wagon in 1908. There may be a small air calliope in this wagon. I see a man behind the teamster , looks like he is in front of a key board?

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Ringling Bros #8

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Large oval tableau with clown band in parade, 1915. There has to be a name for this beautiful wagon.

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Ringling Bros #9

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Tableau wagon with a clown band, 1916.

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Ringling Bros #10

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All of the show wagons making ready the line up for circus parade. The wagon in front is called Bells & Chimes of Moscow. It has its original wheels. I have no date on this photo.

Thanks Bob for your comment.

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