52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge

21. Industrial


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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Author: donnagf1

An enthusiastic amateur photographer, I enjoy picturing the events, people, animals and things in my life. And so joining in the "52 Week Challenge" of interpreting life through a lens sounds as if it will be a lot of fun -- presenting my view through the lens and seeing how others in our photography group interpret their views concerning a given subject.

8 thoughts on “21. Industrial

  1. Photos of photos. It works.

  2. Very interesting photos. Such details in the buildings and industries so long ago.

  3. Tibbal’s work is so realistic it took me a moment to realize the buildings were really miniatures. Nicely processed.

  4. These are great Donna. I always pass quickly past the “industrial” part because I am anxious to get to the circus part. I’ll need to make sure to stop and have a good look in that area.

    • Thank you — Hoping you find these “industrial” pics as fascinating as I do — the detail in these (though he had these 3-D pictures done by an outside firm according to one of the curators to whom I spoke) reflects the fastidious detail of all other of Tibbal’s own work on his circus re-creations.

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