Thanks to Flavorwire, we discovered a Taschen book that will soon join the Typing Monkey library: The Circus Book: 1870-1950. Flavorwire republished some of the photos a couple years ago, so in honor of National Clown Week (Aug 3, 2013 is officially National Clown Day), we link to those galleries.
One is "Rare Color Photos of Circus Showgirls of the ’40s and ’50s" the other is "Incredible Vintage Circus Photos of the '40s and '50s."
They're brief, fun looks at the romance and greasy glamor of human circus performers. Here's a sneak preview to entice you:
|Circus people, 1955; courtesy Taschen; via Flavorwire|