15 Wonderful Color Portrait Photos of Circus Performers From Between the 1940s and 1950s

There was once a time in history when visiting the circus was one of the biggest entertainment attractions around. Acts such as the American Circus could travel the entire nation and attract massive audiences that could often exceed tens of thousands.

Very much a product of its time, a circus would often have less than acceptable treatment for its animals, and female performers were mostly used as nothing more than attractive showgirls.

But what went on behind the scenes of a circus? These rare vintage photos provide an intriguing view into the life of a circus showgirl from the 1940s and 50s.

Showgirl Barnum & Bailey, 1946

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Circus Showgirl, 1950

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Aerial Ballet Showgirl, 1949

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King Bros Circus, 1950

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Wardrobe Wagon, 1959

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Ringling Bros Circus Girl, 1945

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Performer Lottie Brunn, 1949

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Circus Performer Couple, 1954

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Mardi Gras Girl, 1952

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Circus People, 1955

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Dailey Bros Circus, 1950

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Circus Women, 1956

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Circus Girl, 1950

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Birthday Flowers, 1941

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Aerialist Pinito Del Oro, 1953

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