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The FW Glasier Circus Shots Are a Portal Into the Past

 - Jun 15, 2011
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The FW Glasier Circus photographs are a strange but intriguing portal into the tenor and spirit of the carnival at the turn of the century.

The images have been compiled for a book celebrating the history of carnivals, entitled 'Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier.' The FW Glasier Circus shots highlight a series of diverse carnival workers in various states. One image shows a clown looking every bit the stereotype of a depressed jester. Another shows a powerful and skilled woman stretching on a tightrope. The FW Glasier Circus shots even includes action shots. His photograph of the diving horse is one that is equally as confounding as it is eye-catching.

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