For the theme of “Tiny World”, I posted some pictures of the actual miniature circus that Howard Tibbals created patterning the Barnum and Bailey Circus and reflecting especially the time period 1919 to 1938. Now his circus is displayed as part of the Circus Museum associated with the Ringling Museum and C’dZan in Sarasota, FL As backdrop for his circus, he had paintings and 3-dimensional structures of the town’s industries and commercial scenes produced. A line of his industrial sites is displayed along the wall showing what kind of industries were prevalent at that time. I have included two of these industries: the “Hot Blast Coal Company” and the “J. Allen Smith & Co. Knoxville City Mills (telling us that “White Lily” is the ‘best flour‘). Also shown are the vast differences in manufacturing of that era: lots of manual labor and many belching smoke stacks along with many pieces of machinery that are now obsolete. And, of course, you will notice the “Howard Brothers Circus” advertising posters pasted on the fence outside the coal company.
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