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I need the route for Sells Floto 1925 – in particular if they played Moundsville, WV. This would validate the construction date of a theater now being restored there. A picture of the construction also includes a Sells Floto poster in the background. Thank you.

John Mowder

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In bracketing the possible dates of a circus being in West Virginia/Moundsville, the following information on the Sells-Floto Circus route is from 1922 to 1927.

The 1922 Sells Floto played at Wheeling, W. Va on April 28.
The 1923 Sells Floto did not play in West Virginia
The 1924 Sells Floto Circus played a number of West Virginia dates: Parkersburg W. Va on May 2; Wheeling, W. Va. on May 3; Bluefield, W. Va Aug 25; and Williamson, W. Va. on August 26.
The 1925 Sells Floto Circus played Fairmont, W. Va. on May 16; Clarksburg W. Va. on May 18; Parkersburg, W. Va. on May 19; Huntington, W. Va. on May 20; Charleston, W. Va. on May 21
The 1926 Sells Floto Circus played Wheeling W. Va. on May 7
The 1927 Sells Floto Circus did not play in West Virginia.

It is most likely that Moundsville was billed as an excursion town where a train would bring prospective customers to a bigger town such as Wheeling. There are a few possible dates for Wheeling, and hopefully the date shows on the circus poster.

John Polacsek

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