Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Circus ephemera

This little discount ticket is prettier than it looks here. It is on very flimsy paper, but it's enlivened by depictions of some of the acts and is not generic, but is specific to Austin, with a reminder of the dates and times of the shows. It was still there yesterday at an eastside tienda even though Circus Chimera had gone on to Kyle and then, perhaps, to Seguin or Gonzalez before heading back home for the season to Hugo, Oklahoma. The contortionist playing Alice in Wonderland, depicted at the bottom, did the prettiest act of that sort I've ever seen, and I don't generally like that sort of act. Apparently, she's as young as she looks, just 20, and, in addition to the training as a gymnast mentioned in the publicity, has obviously had some training as an acrobat and dancer. We thought it was funny that there were two-dollar coloring books being sold in the audience, each of which contained a dollar-off coupon to be redeemed at the toy and souvenir stand. The coupons are obviously used again if turned in. I wish I'd caught a photograph of the roustabouts checking out the light-up jester hats to see if they needed new batteries. Raspas and popcorn were the most-sold refreshments. Over at Flickr, others have uploaded their pix of Circus Chimera.


At 2:47 PM, November 17, 2006, Anonymous Marty Weil said...

I'm glad you featured this ephemera. Old paper is often under-appreciated. I feature similar ephemera on my blog at

I enjoy your blog and thought this was a very cool post. Thanks for featuring it.


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