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PhotographÂ was edited for publication purposes Photograph article dated September 21, 1961 partially reads, "Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus officially opened at the Sports Arena Wednesday night before a near-capacity crowd. There were clowns in ragged clothes, huge shoes, red noses. Musical spectacles. Tonto, the lion, Harold Alzana, the man who defies death and gravity on his high wire. Hotdogs and cotton candy. Beautiful girls in spangled tights, elephants and acrobats and Galla Shawn cavorting on her high, unprotected swinging trapeze. Tigers, bears, dogs and ponies. Bareback riding troupes. Juggling cyclists. 'The Greatest Show on Earth.' It ends Oct. 1." Photograph caption reads, "Tonto, the lion, relaxes between acts - He's vicious and wild in the ring of wild animals."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00139133 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d047_f27_i15 CARL0005695277 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/68889
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows Ringling Brothers Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, Calif.) Circus performers--California--Los Angeles Circus animals--California--Los Angeles Circus--California--Los Angeles Animal cages--California--Los Angeles Animals--California--Los Angeles Lion--California--Los Angeles Valley Times Collection photographs