Per17.
R. Archibald Heaven, Bristol. “Mr. Punch,” in manuscript on verso. Man at right stands with a Mr. Punch puppet, ladies are focused on the playing cards. Cabinet Card. VG. $150

     
Per18.
Barenblatt, NYC. Great image (4″ x 5 3/4″ on 5 1/4″ x 7 3/8″ mount) of a clown juggler. He’s got saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, other items, a ukelele, etc. He’s wearing a beat up straw hat and a ragged outfit and has a cigar in his mouth. VG. $225

     
O102.
Morris, Pittsburgh. “L.L. Sturgeon, Harrisburg, Pa., 1884,” written on back undoubtedly by Ms. Sturgeon herself. This is a woman who writes with her feet but unlike most Cabinet Cards one sees of this talent, Ms. Sturgeon has arms and hands. There is a sign in the front that reads “Nothing without labor.” There is also a cabinet card of herself in the view. VG. $275


PERPC1.
Bobby Leach and his Barrel after his perilous trip over Niagara Falls, July 25th, 1911. Real Photo Postcard, used, postmarked Aug. 26, 1912 at Niagara Falls, NY. VG. $35

   
O110.
Chas. Eisenmann, NY. CDV of Mr. I.W. Sprague with his family. Age 40 years; Height 5 feet 5 1/2 inches; Weight 46 pounds. VG. $85

  
Per23.
Chas. Eisenmann, NY. Major C (or L?) Newell, Indian Service. Great decorative outfit, pistol at his waist. There is a Major Newell that was active in the time period in the Dakotas regarding relations with the Indians but I have not been able to determine definitively if this is he. Corners clipped, a crease at top right. Cabinet Card. G. $450


O114.
Stratton, 15 City Hall Square, NY. Next Entrance N.Y. & B. Susp. Bridge (which as we all know we now call the “Brooklyn Bridge”). Unidentified image of a man dressed for Arctic exploration with long rifle posed in snow scene. I’ve never seen this before and assume it to be a performer from some Arctic display in town. Cabinet Card. VG. $150

     
PER27.
Fisher Bros., Boston. CDV of a dancer. VG. $85

     
PER28.
Fisher Bros., Boston. CDV of a dancer. VG. $85


PER29.
No ID. Johnny Lamont, 1880. CDV of a young performer, medals pinned to his chest. VG. $75


O120.
E&HT Anthony, NY. General Tom Thumb and Wife, Commodore Nutt and Miss Minnie Warren in the identical costumes worn before Her Majesty Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle, June 24, 1865. Facsimile signatures “Compliments of Charles S. Stratton, Lavinia Warren Stratton, G.W. McNutt, Minnie Warren” on verso. CDV. G. $45


O127.
Jack Earle Giant Ring in top hat case. Obviously this is not a photograph of Jack Earle but an example of a popular promotional item that was sold by him. The ring reads “Jack Earle 8 ft. 6 1/2, Giant.” Earle sold two versions of his ring, one saying he was 8 ft. 6 in. tall and this one adding a half inch. The ring opening measures 1 3/8″ in diameter. VG. $125


Odd127.
No ID. Eli Bowen, Wife and Child. The Wonderful Man. With Feet but no Legs. CDV. VG. $125


Odd128.
A. Newman, Philadelphia. Eli Bowen, Wife and Child. CDV. VG. $125


Odd129.
A. Newman, Philadelphia. Eli Bowen, Wife and Child. CDV. G. $125


Per37.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Marie Bonfanti (Feb. 16, 1845Jan. 25, 1921) was a 19th century ballet dancer, born in Milan, who went to America in 1866 as the prima ballerian assoluta (a billing she always insisted upon in her contracts) and appeared in her New York City premiere in The Black Crook at Niblo’s Garden on September 10, 1866. She toured the US and appeared in several musical revues, including The White Fawn, the follow-up to The Black Crook. She was prima ballerina of the Milan Italian Grand Opera Company which toured the US; and was prima ballerina of the New York Metropolitan Opera House (1885-6). CDV. VG. $125


Per38.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Marie Bonfanti (Feb. 16, 1845Jan. 25, 1921) was a 19th century ballet dancer, born in Milan, who went to America in 1866 as the prima ballerian assoluta (a billing she always insisted upon in her contracts) and appeared in her New York City premiere in The Black Crook at Niblo’s Garden on September 10, 1866. She toured the US and appeared in several musical revues, including The White Fawn, the follow-up to The Black Crook. She was prima ballerina of the Milan Italian Grand Opera Company which toured the US; and was prima ballerina of the New York Metropolitan Opera House (1885-6). CDV. VG. $125


NACAB23.
No ID. John Middle Sky and Jim Polhamus. John Middle Sky was a native American Indian who first came into the news in 1905 when he challenged the then heavyweight boxing world champion James Jeffries. To pay for the training lessons he exhibited himself as a giant (7 feet tall) with Austin & Stone’s museum. The match with Jeffries (nor any other boxer) never happened and John Middle Sky disappeared out of the news until 1910, when he made headlines challenging the then World Champion heavyweight wrestling Frank Gotch. That match never happened either. I assume Jim Polhamus is his agent or manager. Image measures 5 1/2″ x 4″ on a 9″ x 6″ mount. VG-. $400


Per41.
No ID. 2 CDVs of the same Performer in oddball hat and pose. VG. $35


Per43.
Critcherson & Storer, Newport, R.I. The same man as in Per42 sits at left doing something with the seated man. 3-cent tax stamp on verso. CDV. VG. $50


Per45.
No ID. Unidentified performer, great outfit. CDV. VG. $95

Laloo
Odd135. Eisenmann, New York. Laloo. Cabinet Card. G. $200

Waino and Plutano Waino and Plutano
Odd138. Morris, Pittsburgh. Waino & Plutano and their manager. CDV. G. $125

Waino & Plutano Waino & Plutano
Odd139. E.R. Gard, Chicago. Waino and Plutanor. Aged about 50 years. Weigh 45 pounds each. 2-cent tax stamp on verso. Stain at top. CDV. G. $125

Waino & Plutaino Waino & Plutaino
Odd140. Eisenmann, NY. Waino & Plutaino, Wild Men of Borneo, Age 60 to 70 years. Pinhole at top. Cabinet Card. G. $125

Signed Cabinet Card Mrs. Tom Thumb Signed Cabinet Card Mrs. Tom Thumb
Odd149. Ollivier’s Studio of Art Photography, Brooklyn, N.Y. Image, 5.5″ x 4″ on 7.25″ x 5.5″ mount of Countess Magri, Nee Mrs. Gen. Tom Thumb. Dated and signed on verso “Mrs. General Tom Thumb 74 years young Oct. 31st, 1915.” VG. $50

Anna Swan CDV Anna Swan CDV
Odd151. E&HT Anthony. Anna Swan CDV. VG. $125

Tom Thumb Tom Thumb
Odd157. Case & Getchell, Boston. Gen’l. Tom Thumb. CDV. G. $75

Texas Giants Texas Giants
Odd162. Eisenmann, NY. On back is written “Barnum’s Show, Hannibal 1885 The Giants.” These are the Texas Giants, The Shields Brothers, Shady, Guss, Frank & Jack. Bottom left corner has a crease. Cabinet Card. G. $85

Circus Trick Rider Performer
Per47. Obermuller and Kern, Bowery, N.Y. Young trick rider on standing on horses. Cabinet Card. G. $150

Isaac Stake Isaac Stake
Odd163. No ID. CDV of Isaac Stake, age 27, Platte County, Nebraska. G. $150  

Circassian by Eisenmann per53b
Per53. Chas. Eisenmann, NY. Circassian CDV. VG. $75

Acrobats The Newsomes
Per55. Francis de Jongh, Lausanne, Switzerland. Two cabinet cards showing members of the acrobatic troupe “The Newsomes,” circa 1890. VG. $300

Banjo Player in Black Face
Per56. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Banjo Player in Black Face. E. $350

Man in Black Face
Per57. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Man in black face dressed as woman. VG. $250

Man in Black Face
Per58. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Man in black face. VG. $250

Woman with Long Hair
Odd172. Woodward & Son, Taunton, Mass. Woman with long hair. Cabinet Card. VG. $125

Snake Lady
Odd181. Chas. Eisenmann, Bowery, N.Y. Snake Lady cabinet card. VG. $200


Per62. Cabinet Card by F.E. Lane titled “Souvenir Texas Steer, Momence, April 7, Opera Hall, 1896.” Texas Steer was a “rip roaring comedy of political life” written by Charles A. Hoyt in 1890. Momence is in Illinois. VG. $50

The Little Esquimaux Lady
Odd184. Bowman, Ottawa, Ill. The Little Esquimaux Lady, Miss Olof Krarer. Age, 30 years. Height, 40 inches. Weight, 120 lbs. CDV. VG. (7393) $100

Eugene Berry
Odd186. Cabinet card by Wendt, NY of Eugene Berry. Eugene Berry (born 1872), was also known as the Ohio Big Foot Boy. Berry had either elephantiasis or Milroy’s disease, giving him a giant and deformed leg. He toured the country, exhibiting himself at Doris’s Eighth Avenue Museum in New York. VG. $500

Elsie Gerome
Per65. Falk, NY. Cabinet Card of Elsie Gerome in cowgirl attire with lasso. E. $250

Flora Walsh
Per66. Baker, Columbus, O. Cabinet Card of Flora Walsh. Flora Walsh was the stage name of Mrs. Charles H. Hoyt. She was born in San Francisco and died at age 22. E. $250


Per68. J.J. Ginther, Buffalo, NY. Cabinet card of Gustavo Arcaris and his niece Rosena, knife throwing duo. G. $250

 
Odd188. R.A. Lord, New-York. CDV, retouched image of woman with drawn-in snake. G. $75

 
Odd189. Chas. Eisenmann, New-York. CDV of Miss Ettie Reynolds, albino. Trimmed at bottom. G. $75


Per69. C.G. Hill, So. Framingham, Mass. 1877. Costumed man with “clubs” on costume. CDV. VG. $45


Odd191. R.H. Doane, Delavan, Wis. Miss Jennie Quigley, 20 years old; height, 28 inches; weight, 32 lbs. CDV. G. $25


Odd193. Ranger’s Photograph Parlors, Syracuse, NY. Mr. Chas. Decker, 20 years old; height 31 inches; weight, 45 lbs. CDV. G. $25


Per70. B. Harris, Chicago. Image signed “Your Truly The Great Kolar.” Kolar holds his mail bag from which he conducts an escape. Image measures 6.25″ x 4″ on a 8.5″ x 6.25″ mount. G. $200


Per71. No ID. CDV of performers Willie & Freddie O’Brien. O’BRIEN BROTHERS. Sons of champion leaper Fred O’Brien. Gymnasts. Stickney’s Imperial Parisian Circus, 1880; Charles Lee’s, 1887; Shields’, winter 1887-88; Barnum & Bailey, 1893. Willie O’Brien was killed from a fall from a double trapeze in Temple, TX, November 21, 1887.””O’BRIEN, FRED, JR. Acrobat. The son of leaper Fred O’Brien. Three Melville’s & Co., 1889; general superintendent, Price & James, 1897; principal clown, Cooper & Co., 1897.””O’BRIEN, WILLIAM. Acrobat and leaper. Son of Fred O’Brien. Howes’ London, 1877; Cooper & Bailey, 1880; Howard Bros.’, 1888; Charles Andress’, 1888; Robinson-Franklin, 1897.”THEIR FATHER. “O’BRIEN, FRED. (1848-April 28, 1881) Champion leaper. Native of Buffalo, NY. Lake’s, 1869; Dan Rice’ s, 1870; Rice’s Paris Pavilion Circus, 1871-72; P. T. Barnum’s, 1872-73; John Wilson’s, San Francisco, January 1874; Cooper, Bailey & Co., 1876; Great London, 1875-77; with wife and sons, Freddie and Willie, Orrin Bros.’, Havana, 1878. Wife was a slack wire artist and his 2 children performed on the trapeze. With P. T. Barnum’s, Madison Square Garden, 1881, was injured in a leaping double-somersault over a number of elephants. Died aboard the steamship England en route to Liverpool as a result of those injuries, age 33. Remains were buried at sea.” A slack wire artist is similar to a tight rope walker, with wires instead of rope.(source for all biographical information above: Olympians of the Sawdust Circle: A Biographical Dictionary of the Nineteenth Century American Circus , by William Lawrence Slout). VG. $50