On January 14, 2017, Ringling Bros. announced they will be closing this May.
After 146 years, “the Greatest Show on Earth” is closing its doors.
The circus, once an American tradition, has greatly changed in modern times, causing ticket sales to decline and operating costs to skyrocket.
Modern circuses are much more focused on human endeavors of strength, flexibility, and fearlessness, and the animal-based circuses of the past are no more.
Some people are saying “good riddance” about the closing of the biggest animal-based circus, while others feel nostalgic for the past.
In their heyday, circuses were a cultural phenomenon unlike any other. They rolled in on trains, set up their enormous tents and menageries, and captured the attention of entire cities. While nobody can argue that circuses didn’t have their enormous problems, they were truly iconic.
For over 150 years, circuses have captured the attention of millions. Read on for some of the most amazing vintage pictures of circuses of the past and make sure to SHARE these incredible photos with your friends!