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Rosaire's Circus & Zoo (Established 1904)

 Organisation

Dates

  • Existence: Established 1904

Biography

The Rosaires are a ninth generation circus family. Rosaire’s Circus was first established by Fred Ross (1877-1949), a circus clown and contortionist, and his wife Florence Arnold in 1904.

Fred came from a circus family from his mother’s side and his father had connections with the fairground. Fred performed as Count Rosaire and when he married Florence she became Countess Rosaire. They had eight children Aubrey (b.1904), Dennis, Zena (b.1909), Ivor (1911-2005), Cicily (b.1912), E. Vivian (b.1914), Derrick (b.1916) and Ida (b.1919), all of whom followed their parents footsteps into circus and became successful performers. The Rosaires became renowned especially for their skilful animal training and performance. Ivor became known for his elephants, Derrick for his equestrian skills and Ida for her dog acts.

Over generations, the Rosaire family grew and extended to other countries including Spain, Ireland and the USA and the Ross Bros Crown Circus still travels the UK.

Found in 45 Collections and/or Records:

Blackpool Tower Circus Posters, c1930 - 1990

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178R47.141-212
Scope and Contents

Posters for Blackpool Tower Circus including shows by Knie's Circus, Circus Krone, Circus Schumann, Bertram Mills Circus, Robert Brothers Circus and performances by Charlie Cairoli, Doddles, Coco the Clown, The Rosaires, Lilly Yokoi, Alfred Court, Vojtek Trubka, The Great Wallendas and Mary Chipperfield among others.

Dates: c1930 - 1990

Charles Taylor Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0069
Scope and Contents

The Charles Taylor collection is a fine example of Taylor’s of Wombwell printers’ posters, which highlight changes in printing techniques, fashion and taste within the popular entertainment industry. Included are examples of posters for pantomimes, fairs and circuses. The collection also contains handbills and other advertising material.

Dates: c1937 - 1989

Circus Films, c1950 - 1959

 Item
Reference code: 178D24.1
Scope and Contents

Copy of film on DVD showing performers at Harringay and with Bertram Mills, Polack Bros. Cole Bros Circus and Rosaires among other circuses. Also showing Digger Pugh on the trampoline and roller skates, other acts include female aerial acts, acrobatics, clowning, wild animal acts, equestrian acts, fakir acts, clowning and circus parades. Also scenes of performers behind the scenes and outdoor performances. Black and white and colour with narration and background music.

Dates: c1950 - 1959

Circus Friends Association Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Circus Friends Association of Great Britain's Notes Scrapbook, 1953 - 1954

 Item
Reference code: 178G21.66
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings and photographs of The Circus Fans' Association Notes by 'Dicky Bird', 'The President' and 'The Hon Secretary', as well as articles on Billy Smart's, Chipperfield's, Rosaire's, Fossett's, Sanger's, Billy Russell's and Bertram Mills, 45p.p.

Dates: 1953 - 1954

Circus Photographs, 1910 - 1964

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178C108.5141-5337
Scope and Contents Black and white and some colour photographs of circus scenes, animals, people and personalities including; Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Dame Laura Knight, Bertram Mills, Cyril Mills, Winston Churchill, Coco, Whimsical Walker, A. Pearson equestrian director at Bertram Mills Circus, Percy Huxter, Lulu Adams, Cissie Rosaire, Aubry Rosaire and Zena Rosaire, also Rosaire Circus, Bertam Mills Circus, Tom Arnold's Circus, Ginnett's and Fossett's Circus and a large Barnum shows...
Dates: 1910 - 1964

Circus Pinder Poster, 10 - 12 May c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.117
Scope and Contents

Newburgh. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 10 - 12 May c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, 29 April - 1 May c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.110
Scope and Contents

Rosyths Fairground. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 29 April - 1 May c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, 26 - 28 April c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.111
Scope and Contents

Haddington, East Haugh. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 26 - 28 April c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, 22 - 24 April c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.112
Scope and Contents

Dunbar Countess Crescent. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 22 - 24 April c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.113
Scope and Contents

Berwick upon Tweed. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, 20 - 22 May c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.114
Scope and Contents

Kirriemuir. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 20 - 22 May c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, 24 - 26 May c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.115
Scope and Contents

Brechin. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 24 - 26 May c1970 - 1979

Circus Pinder Poster, 6 - 8 May c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.116
Scope and Contents

Cupar Carthourgh. Fossett, Rosaire and Pinder circus combined including The Maverick cowboy spectacular, Duo Ords Jugglers, amongst others. Blue, red and yellow type on white background with border.

Dates: 6 - 8 May c1970 - 1979

Circus Posters Printed by Taylor's of Wombwell, c1965 - 1979

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178R11.29-131
Scope and Contents

Circus posters printed by Taylor's of Wombwell.

Dates: c1965 - 1979

Circus Research Material, 1872 - 1975

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178B30.1
Scope and Contents Photocopies of programmes from the London Hippodrome, the National Amphitheatre, Hengler's Circus, Olympia, Hagenbeck's Wonder Zoo and Big Circus, Barnum and Bailey, Paulo's Circus, Chapman's Circus, Rosaire's Circus, Grand Continental Circus at the Crystal Palace, Barrett's Canadian Circus, Cody's Continental Circus, Pinder's Royal Circus and Menagerie and other UK and international circuses, also photocopies of newspaper cuttings, ordenance survey, photographs of performers and posters,...
Dates: 1872 - 1975

Circus Themed Watercolours, 1945 - 1960

 File
Reference code: 178V11.57
Scope and Contents

Pen and ink and watercolour. Group of watercolours of circus tents and transport, including Fossett's, Rosaire, Reaneys, Reco Bros. Robert Bros., Chipperfields and Billy Smart.

Dates: 1945 - 1960

Decar and Tomato Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0094
Scope and Contents

This collection contains black and white photographs and postcards of several generations of the Decar family with a strong focus on John Decar and his act as Decar and Tomato. It also includes other circus performers as well as autograph books and a scrapbook.

Dates: 1902 - 1951

Digger Pugh Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0179
Scope and Contents

Archive of the Digger Pugh family including newspaper cuttings, photographs, negatives, business records, programmes, research material, posters and films.

Dates: c1930 - 2010

Films, c1950 - 1959

 Series
Reference code: 178D24
Scope and Contents

Please notice that 178D24.4 contains scenes of animal cruelty and human fatalities. Copies of films on DVD format showing performers at various circus around the world, travelling scenes, scenic views, performers behind the scenes, film sets. Black and white and colour, sound.

Dates: c1950 - 1959