Cards on the table, I’m not much of a circus lover. But I do love old technology and at some point old circuses become interesting because they represent an interesting mix of what was modern and unique about the moment they existed, at the same time calling back to a much earlier time when parents were children and experienced circuses for themselves. It’s an interesting dynamic.

There’s an interesting photo essay over at Flashbak showing the way the circus looked back in the 1950s. It’s an amazing testament on several levels, not just it’s a historical document, but clearly some time and effort went into restoring these prints so that they could be shared digitally.

Still doesn’t make me like clowns, but I’m impressed nonetheless.