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Santa Claus Float

2018-06-13T03:00:18-05:00

Santa Claus Float (1) By far the easiest to trace is the story of the seven that were built for Barnum & London in the middle 1880’s. These seven, together with the older Howes Dragon, made a total of eight for that show. The first two of the seven, Santa [...]

Robinson Crusoe Float

2018-06-13T02:49:40-05:00

Robinson Crusoe Float Not to be outdone, the John Robinson Show had a pair of floats in 1872, representing both Titania and her spouse – one being pulled by a 16-pony hitch, and the other, by a string of eight. Because of the overlapping of dates, neither of these could [...]

Red Riding Hood Float

2018-06-13T02:48:18-05:00

Red Riding Hood Float THE BARNUM & BAILEY SET By far the easiest to trace is the story of the seven that were built for Barnum & London in the middle 1880’s. These seven, together with the older Howes Dragon, made a total of eight for that show. The first [...]

Mother Goose Float

2018-06-13T02:22:47-05:00

Mother Goose Float The Mother Goose Float was built in the 1886 to 1888 period for the Barnum & London Circus along with Bluebeard, Sinbad the Sailor, Cinderella, and Red Riding Hood. While the name of the show changed to Barnum & Bailey, the float remained there. The Mother Goose [...]

Howe’s Dragon Float

2018-06-13T02:07:59-05:00

Howe’s Dragon Float (Howe’s Dragon float as seen on the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1888 – Steve Flint collection) The year 1871 marks the introduction of the first float of which we definitely have pictures, but only because the earliest surviving photo was made fully fifteen years later. [...]