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Three-year-old Richard Caglione sheds tears as Emmett Kelly,

Three-year-old Richard Caglione sheds tears as Emmett Kelly, featured clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, picks him up during Manhattan's first circus parade in 19 years. (April 9, 1945) Photo Credit: AP

Photos of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus performers through the years.

Circus bear Fritz pedals around on a bicycle
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Circus bear Fritz pedals around on a bicycle at the opening of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at Madison Square Garden. (April 5, 1939)

Lulu Albertino, who claimed at the time to
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Lulu Albertino, who claimed at the time to be the only woman clown in an American circus, makes her debut with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden. (April 5, 1939)

Karl, on ground, and Helene, on the ladder,
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Karl, on ground, and Helene, on the ladder, of the famous Wallenda high-wire family of the circus, train two of the younger members to walk in their footsteps at the winter headquarters of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota, Fla. (March 8, 1944)

One of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and
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One of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus acts practices during a dress rehearsal at Madison Square Garden. (April 4, 1944)

Juanita and Roy, the
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Juanita and Roy, the "Flying Royals" a high-flying trapeze act with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden. (April 10, 1944)

John Armstrong, one of the clowns of the
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John Armstrong, one of the clowns of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, plays for IIona Fredoni of Berlin, Germany, during a moment of backstage banter at Madison Square Garden. (April 14, 1953)

Members of
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Members of "The Flying Wallendas," a famous high-wire act with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus, perform their death-defying double pinwheel at Madison Square Garden. (April 15, 1944)

Henrietta and Herman Wallenda chat backstage at Madison
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Henrietta and Herman Wallenda chat backstage at Madison Square Garden after completing the Wallenda troupe's daring double pinwheel on the high wire at the matinee performance. (April 15, 1944)

Kenneth Lucas, clown photographer, takes a picture of
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Kenneth Lucas, clown photographer, takes a picture of Felix Adler, "The King of Clowns," at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Manhattan. (May 2, 1944)

Elizabeth Wallenda pauses on an aerial ladder during
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Elizabeth Wallenda pauses on an aerial ladder during rehearsal for her return to the Wallenda troupe's high-wire act with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. (Feb. 28, 1945)

Three-year-old Richard Caglione sheds tears as Emmett Kelly,
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Three-year-old Richard Caglione sheds tears as Emmett Kelly, featured clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, picks him up during Manhattan's first circus parade in 19 years. (April 9, 1945)

Francis and Lotte Brunn, jugglers from Sweden, rehearse
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Francis and Lotte Brunn, jugglers from Sweden, rehearse their act for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden. (April, 8, 1948)

Emmett Kelly, a clown in Ringling Bros. and
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Emmett Kelly, a clown in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in Manhattan. (June 5, 1948)

Senorita Carmen, snake charmer with the Ringling Bros.
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Senorita Carmen, snake charmer with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, washes her 15-foot, 125-lb. python as an 8-foot boa constrictor shares the tub in Manhattan. (April 24, 1953)

Arkie Scott and his horse, Harold, leads a
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Arkie Scott and his horse, Harold, leads a parade of elephants down Eighth Avenue near Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. (March 28, 1954)

Animal trainer Trevor Bale growls at one of
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Animal trainer Trevor Bale growls at one of his Royal Bengal tigers as he puts him through his paces at the opening performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Circus in Manhattan. Not to be outdone, the tiger growls back. (March 31, 1955)

Ilonka Karoly, 17, performs with the Ringling Bros.
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Ilonka Karoly, 17, performs with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Manhattan. (May 12, 1956)

Ingrid, a giraffe with the Ringling Bros. and
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Ingrid, a giraffe with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, performs at Madison Square Garden. (March 31, 1957)

Performers practice during a dress rehearsal at Madison
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Performers practice during a dress rehearsal at Madison Square Garden. (April 2, 1957)

New Jersey's State Sen. Malcolm S. Forbes, a
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New Jersey's State Sen. Malcolm S. Forbes, a 1957 Republican gubernatorial candidate, helps feed Amelia, the pig held by clown Felix Abler backstage at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden. (May 8, 1957)

A Bengal tiger jumps through a flaming hoop
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A Bengal tiger jumps through a flaming hoop as Hans Naumann puts his circus animals through their paces in Manhattan. (April 4, 1960)

Balancing himself with a cane on a lighted
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Balancing himself with a cane on a lighted globe, Unus, an entertainer with Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus, keeps five rings spinning on opening day at Madison Square Garden. (April 4, 1962)

A Ringling Brothers circus elephant walks out of
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A Ringling Brothers circus elephant walks out of a train car as young children watch in a Bronx railroad yard. (April 1, 1963)

Charlton Heston appears with Ringling Bros. and Barnum
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Charlton Heston appears with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown Prince Paul during the City of Hope's Celebrity Circus opening in Inglewood, Calif. (July 19, 1978)

Kevin Thompson, celebrating his fourth year in Ringling
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Kevin Thompson, celebrating his fourth year in Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey's famed Clown Alley, watches as 9-year-old Jonathon Young tries his hand at clowning during a visit by the circus troupe to Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Arleta, Calif. (Sept. 14, 1984)

Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani, wearing a clown nose
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Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani, wearing a clown nose and ringmaster's top hat, is joined by Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns Chris Allison, left, and Karen DeSanto, at City Hall. (Feb. 23, 1999)

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