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Star Don't Fool Yourself: The Magical Life of Dell O'Dell, new book that has just been published. Dell O'Dell was the daughter of Lucky Bill Newton, a circus owner from Kansas. Her brother, Honest Bill, was also a circus owner. Following in his footsteps, Dell learned to juggle, balance sofas on her chin, and went on to own her own circus (and was one of the few women to do so in the early 20th century). She worked in many big shows, as well. Her husband, Charles Carrer, a top flight juggler, grew up in Europe and toured the world with many circuses himself. The book includes rare photographs from Dell's career, her father, and their shows. It is a 332-page quality hardcover, and is available from the publisher: www.squashpublishing.com

Star Astley's Circus, the story of an English Hussar, new book on the life and times of Philip Astley and his role in the formation of the circus. Astley was one of the most famous and popular entrepreneurs of the 18th Century - a man dubbed "the father of the modern circus." Lots of illustrations! Details at Astley's Circus

2014 Upcoming Events

Star Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot. In 2014 Tufts University will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival on campus of our mascot Jumbo the Elephant with the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue on our main quad and an exhibition at the University Gallery entitled "Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot" that will run from September to early December. Jumbo came to Tufts as a gift from P.T. Barnum a few years after he was killed in a railroad accident and stuffed by the noted taxidermist Henry Ward of Rochester. Jumbo was prominently displayed until a fire burned the building and its contents in 1975. Jumbo lives on as the Tufts mascot and we aim to commemorate his arrival in 2014. The Jumbo exhibition which will be the first of its kind to narrate his life story from star of the London Zoo to college mascot by means of original images (posters, couriers, photographs, etc.) and artifacts drawn from public and private collections in North America. Curator Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History, Tufts University, will also author a well-illustrated publication to accompany the show. Circus enthusiasts in the area or passing through Boston will be warmly welcomed!

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Circus Historical Society  Bandwagon Special Offer! Ends December 1st.

Huge specials on past editions of the Bandwagon, each special only good for two months. The limited time offer is for the entire six issues of 1982. These issues are filled with great circus history as authored by Joseph Bradbury, Chang Reynolds, Antony H. Coxe, Stuart Thayer, Orin C. King, Frederick Dahlinger, Jr., Arthur Saxon, Fred D. Pfening Jr. and more. These issues are covered in detail at Bandwagon 1982 (scroll down for the next five issues)

If you haven't been a member of CHS for 30 years and would love to read more about the circus and circus history, or maybe you're looking for that perfect gift, you can't pass up a deal like this. All six issues for only $25.00! (includes shipping). Offer expires August 1st. Make your check out to Circus Historical Society and send it to: Bandwagon Special Issue, 1075 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43212-2691. (International orders, contact CHS).

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