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Hello. I have a picture of a sword swallower from a travelling circus in Pennsylvania dated 1920 and would like to do a report on him for school. Does anyone have information on him or travelling circuses in Pennsylvania during that time?

Thanks, Sam Leuch

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I saw your message on the Circus Historical Messages about a photo of a sword swallower from the 1920s in PA. As the Executive Director of the Sword Swallowers Association Int’l, I am constantly searching for photos of past sword swallowers to add them to our archives. I would be interested in seeing this photo to see if I can identify him, and if possible, I would love to get a digital copy for our archives. You might be interested in viewing our Historical Hall of Fame page, http://www.swordswallow.com/halloffame.php. Thanks in advance!

Dan Meyer

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My name is Jason Allen. My parents were from a small town in Missouri. There parents were from Kentucky and their parents were from Georgia. I have two posters from the Allen Brothers circus. they both say 1931. one says Edmeston Aug. 12 afternoon and night. The other says Allen brothers long-horn ranch will be at Whitney Point September 15, 1931. They will have Texas Henry a real Texas outlaw and a bucking automobile built in Texas. It says it is the largest motorized wild west in tour. Absolutely no picture show not a circus real wild west. If you find anything that links them to any of these states I would like to know. I went to Cody Wyoming to the Cody museum and Bill Codys aunt was Sarah Allen from Missouri.

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I read your post on the Circus Message Board. Do you have a picture of the sword swallower? Have you already found the information you are looking for?

Thanks, John Robinson

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I recently learned that my father’s father was supposed to have been Herschel Allen, a sword swallower in Pennsyvania during the early 1920s. When I stumbled onto your 2003 circushistory.org post regarding such a person I was quite surprised. I wonder if you found out anymore about Herschel. I also would like to see your photo of him, if possible. If so, please contact me.

Thank you, James Allen

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