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My Grandfather Richard Walden worked with Barnum and Bailey circus in Sarasota, FL. While working there my Grandmother had my dad in a tent on the beach. I was wondering if I could find out any info on that? This was in 1924.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows didn’t relocate to Sarasota, Florida until the winter of 1927-1928. There is thereby a conflict with the 1924 birth year for your father and your grandfather’s employment by the circus – they cannot be concurrent as you wrote in the query. Likely, there is an explainable resolution. The first thing would be to obtain a copy of your father’s birth certificate from Sarasota or Manatee Counties, Florida, if he was born in one of them. The unusual birth circumstances suggest that it may have been reported in one of the local newspapers. With an accurate birth month, day and year from the birth certificate you can then search the local newspapers.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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