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I recently purchased a collection of handmade wooden trains & toys. The train set has eight cars that are labeled either Jordan Circus and/or Jordan Brothers Circus. The woman I purchased these from said her father and his siblings made and played with these items (assuming from the 1930’s-1940’s). Her family supposedly was part of the management team. I can not find any reference to the Jordan Brothers Circus in any of my research. Any information if this was an actual circus and any background would greatly be appreciated. They are not affiliated with the Jordan World Circus that currently travels the South/Southwest states. The items were purchased in Northern Illinois.

Thank you – Scott

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Circus and railroad model builders would often attach their own family name to their work.  For example, model builder john Smith would construct a model of a circus railroad car based on the Sparks Circus train, however, he would paint the name “Smith Bros Circus” on the car.  This may be the case with the toys that you acquired.  We find no record of a Jordan Circus title in the early twentieth century.

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