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Giants

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

Chang The Great Chinese Giant Handbill, 6 October 1865

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.7
Scope and Contents

Chang The Great Chinese Giant, Lady Chang King Foo, Chung Mow the Tartar Rebel Dwarf, Ah Ying, Woo Kwan Toon, and Sing Ah Look at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. Multi act bill, Chinese nationals, mostly apparently dwarfs. Printed by Arliss and Co., 15, Great Queen St., W.C.

Dates: 6 October 1865

Circus Research Material, 1891 - 1935

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178B30.37
Scope and Contents A large volume of typed and handwritten material referring to information published in newspapers and journals including the Strand Magazine, The Royal Magazine, McClure's Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Bookman, The World Magazine, Cassells's Magazine, American Magazine, The Toronto Star Weekly, Everybody's Magazine, Collier's Illustrated Weekly, St. Nicholas Magazine, Popular Science Monthly, Pearson's Magazine and Saturday Evening Post on animal training and other aspects of wild...
Dates: 1891 - 1935

Egyptian Hall Handbills, c1821 - 1883

 Sub-Series — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.1-20
Scope and Contents

Handbills for travelling shows, exhibitions and performances at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London.

Dates: c1821 - 1883

Enquirer Printing Company Collection

 Collection
Reference code: NFA0125
Scope and Contents

This collection of printed material produced by the Enquirer Job Printing Company contains American sideshow and freak show posters mainly from the Ripley’s ‘Believe it or Not’ franchise and a poster sampler that was taken around by salesmen from the company.

Dates: 1869; c1930 - 1949

Female Colossus Handbill, 1824

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 2: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.208
Scope and Contents

Female Colossus or celebrated Swiss giantess, 19 years old, six feet seven inches tall. Giantess Catherine Boebner at 125 St James's St, Brighton. Printed by Fleet, Brighton.

Dates: 1824

Frank Uffner's A Few Words Respecting Giants & Midgets Handbill, 1883

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.29
Scope and Contents

Colonel Chang Yu Sing, and General Tiny Mite, at Piccadilly Hall. Colonel Chang - 8ft Six, 500lbs, 35yo. Gen Tiny Mite (Successor to Gen Mite) 19in tall, four & three quarter lbs, 15 yo. Offering cash prizes to anyone who can provide small or bigger men than Mr Uffner. Printed by Walter Smith, High Street, Bloomsbury, 2pp.

Dates: 1883

French Giant Handbill, 1822

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.79
Scope and Contents

French Giant at 22 New Bond Street. "Immense French Giant 7Ft 4 in. of Wonderful strength perfectly proportioned and only 22 Years of Age". Printed by Handy, 50 Brewer Street, Golden Square.

Dates: 1822

Giantess in Europe Handbill, c1800 - 1830

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 2: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.218
Scope and Contents Reuzin the Dutch giantess. In the New Elegant Lodge, Standing on the Butter Market, Quiet Side. Important Freak of Nature! The tallest, most beautiful and youngest Giantess, now living in Europe. Who has been honoured with a visit from our Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Hendrik and the Prince of Orange. The world wonder, Elsbeth, called Murphy in female shape. Of exceptionally athletic build. Her appearance causes the greatest surprise. Never seen before. Excellent proportion of...
Dates: c1800 - 1830

Handbills, c1786 - 1968

 Series — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1
Scope and Contents

Handbills for travelling shows, fairs, exhibitions and performances in London.

Dates: c1786 - 1968

Hassan Ali Envelope, 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178Z50.1
Scope and Contents

Brown envelope with text reading Hassan Ali, Egyptian Giant, Barnum and Bailey Show 1899.

Dates: 1899

Hassan Ali Memento, c1800 - 1899

 Item
Reference code: 178Z50.7
Scope and Contents

Hard cover booklet with red and black squares pattern and gold spine containing a black and white image of Hassa Ali, Egyptian Giant at 28 years of age.

Dates: c1800 - 1899

John Bramwell Taylor Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0086
Scope and Contents The collection consists of handbills, programmes and small flyers for shows, fairs, expositions and circus performances in the nineteenth century. The circus material in the Bramwell Taylor Collection was sponsored by the Circus Friends Association of Great Britain and consists of material relating to 19th century touring circuses, individual acts and purpose built hippodromes such as Hengler’s Circus and Astley’s Amphitheatre. Additionally this collection also contains a small amount of...
Dates: c1786 - 2003

Mr F.M. Uffner's Latest Collection of Living Curios Handbill, 24 February 1883

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.40
Scope and Contents

General Tiny Mite, Chang The Great Chinese Giant, The Madagascar Family, The White Moors, and Zaluma Medea, at Piccadilly Hall Gen Tiny Mite, Chang, the Great Chinese Giant, combined with a pleasing and refined parlour entertainment .Printed by Walter Smith, Steam Printers, 61 and 62 High Street, London, W.C., 2pp.

Dates: 24 February 1883

O’Brian the Irish Giant Illustration, 1893

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 3: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.309
Scope and Contents

Illustration featuring a giant at nearly nine feet high.

Dates: 1893

Photographs, c1900 - 1968

 Series
Reference code: 178C79
Scope and Contents Black and white photographs, postcards and negatives of the Testo family, performers, side shows, animals, fairgrounds and circuses including Angela Rabbets ‘Jungle Girl’ female snake act, Sonya Alan ‘Lady of Lions’, men and women in WWI and WWII uniforms, Golga Testo snake act with Bertram Mills Circus, Pauline Testo, Alf Testo, Nora and Billy Kayes, Jack Lemm and his Troupe at Testo’s show, members of the Chipperfield family, members of the Dobson family, members of the Pinder family...
Dates: c1900 - 1968

Photographs and Postcards, c1902 - 1942

 Series — Multiple Containers
Reference code: 178C139
Scope and Contents

Black and white photographs, postcards and negatives of fairs, rides, circus and performers, including a House of Laughter at the Empire Exhibition of 1936-1937 in Johannesburge, South Africa, roller coasters, dodgems, flying chairs, juvenile roundabouts, sideshows, wall of death, Jim Burton's chairs and Pat Collin's Hawaiian natives at Barry Island, negatives of performers and animals in a circus, rides and amusements in Britain, Germany and France.

Dates: c1902 - 1942

Piccadilly, Piccadilly Hall and Haymarket Handbills, c1820 - 1885

 Sub-Series — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.21-43
Scope and Contents

Handbills for travelling shows, exhibitions and performances at Piccadilly, Piccadilly Hall and Haymarket.

Dates: c1820 - 1885

Sideshow and Freak Show Posters, c1930 - 1949

 Series
Reference code: 178R45
Scope and Contents

Posters of sideshow and freak show performers printed by the Enquirer Job Printing Company, in Cincinnati, USA, many of which for Leroy Robert Ripley's Believe it or Not franchise.

Dates: c1930 - 1949

Testo Family Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0032
Scope and Contents

This collection comprises photographs, business records, articles, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, advertising material, family research and items of personal archive related to the Testo family history in the fairground and circus

Dates: 1898 - 1999

The Surprising Giant Handbill, c1838

 Item — Box John Barmwell Taylor Box 1: Series 178T1
Reference code: 178T1.23
Scope and Contents

Monsieur Louis the Giant, and the Smallest Horse in the World at Gothis Hall, Haymarket. Mons. Louis. Seven Feet Six inches tall, 25 years old appears with Nonpariel - 'The Smallest Horse in the World', six years old and only thirty inches high, 2pp.

Dates: c1838