Interview with a late 1800s circus worker

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I love the donkey painted like a zebra in the photo! That says it all. A buddy of mine ran away to join the circus when he was in his 30s. As their accountant. He had great stories to tell.

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If noone’s seen it- you really must must watch the HBO series Carnivale.

It’s absolutely incredible writing. Dark. Things happen you’d never believe. It’s only 2 seasons, but it gets so dark. I can’t recommend it enough.

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This article and photo makes me think of the series of encounters in Red Dead Redemption 2 that require the player to recover various ‘exotic’ animals that have escaped a circus caravan, including a dog dressed like a lion, a cougar painted like a tiger, a mule painted like a zebra… and an actual lion.

That’s a common scene in Tijuana for some reason, or at least it was last time I was there.

“… like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say. Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…”

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Downloads and puts away for possibly primary source for a class for use later

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