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Researching Leona Dare (real name Susan A. Stuart). She was an aerialist in the 1870’s-80’s and performed through out Europe. Her best act was doing her act from a trapeze suspended under a hot air balloon. She was taught gymnastics by Thomas Smith Hall in New Orleans and performed with the J. E. Warner circus debuting in 1871 in New York as Leona Dare. I am trying to glean what information I can about her and perhaps pictures too. Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.

Chris Fox

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CWM Library recently responded to another inquiry about Leona Dare. We compiled about 50 photocopies of information, references and citations. The person can contact us for photocopy rates and such.

Fred Dahlinger, Circus World Museum Library, 550 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913.

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In William Slout’s Olympians, p. 70: Leona Dare debuted at Nixon’s Amphitheatre, New York City, winter 1871-72. Was with J. E. Warner’s in 1872. Married George Hall in New York City in 1876, later separated in Europe. You might find more information on Leona at Circus World Museum.

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