|Posted by Melissa Houston on November 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM|
This week’s “Photo of the Week” is of the 1924 “Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows” Winter Quarters Circus Fire in Bridgeport, CT. This photograph is part of an 8-piece collection that depicts the aftermath of the circus fire. Barnum had problems with fires throughout his entire life, and his fire issues continued to plague his circus long after his death. This picture shows a Bridgeport firefighter putting out a fire in one of the circus buildings that was located in Went Field Park, the home of the Winter Quarters for over 50 years. The park housed both domestic and exotic animals, along with many performers and trainers.
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The "Photo of the Week" highlights pictures from The Barnum Museum’s collection. These pictures are posted on our website at: www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org, along with a brief description of the person, place or thing within the picture. The "Photo of the Week" can also be found on Facebook.
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