And another in my series of circus illustrations.
|Gracie Doll, Marlene, Ava, Dolly Dimple and Fido Gouache on pastel paper|
More amazing circus photo inspiration.......
The Doll Family were a quartet of four dwarf siblings from Germany. They were popular circus and sideshow performers in the United States from the 1920s until their retirement in the mid-1950s. I have to say I find this family of performers incredibly fascinating. There isn't very much written about them on the Internet but they toured with the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus where they sang, danced, and rode horses and wagons for thirty years.
There is no denying that there are some very dark and sad stories of circus sideshow exploitation but from the small amount I've read about the Schneider family (for a while they adopted the surname Earles after Burt W Earles who discovered them. When Burt passed away they changed it simply to 'Doll') it appears their story was a happy one.
|Daisy and Harry both appeared in the 1932 controversial film 'Freaks'|
|Treasure of a photo! 'The Doll Family' Ringling Brothers Circus 1936|