Century Flashlight Photographers circus photographs, 1924-1938

Collection Data

Large-format black and white photographs primarily by the Edward J. Kelty Century Flashlight Photographers company document 23 circus troupes and one rodeo performing in the Midwest, East Coast, and Montreal, Canada. Images depict group portraits and exterior and interior tent views. Manuscript annotations, likely by Harold Dunn, are present on the verso of a few images. Some photographs may be later reprints by collector Harold Dunn from Kelty negatives. All photographs are credited to Kelty, except for a photograph of the Sparks Circus and a photograph of the Worldwide Rodeo Championship, both by Knickerbocker Photographers.
Kelty, Edward J., 1888-1967 (Photographer)
Dunn, Harold (Collector)
Knickerbocker Photographers (New York. N.Y.) (Photographer)
Century Flashlight Photographers (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1924 - 1938
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: *T-Vim 2018-001
McCoy, Tim
Mix, Tom, 1880-1940
Muse, George, 1890-1971
Muse, Willie, 1893-2001
Zacchini, Hugo
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Circus
Downie Bros. Circus
Hunt Bros. Circus
John Robinson's Circus
Miller Bros. & Arlington 101 Ranch Real Wild West (Organization)
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows
Seils Sterling Circus
Sells-Floto Circus
Sparks Circus
Walter L. Main Circus
Circus -- United States
Circus animals -- United States
Circus performers -- United States
Indian cowboys -- History -- West (U.S.)
Wild west shows -- United States
Freak shows -- United States
Sideshows -- United States
Bibliographic history: Previously catalogued as MWEZ +++ n.c. 19,347.
Acquisition: Gift: Harold Dunn, after 1962.
Physical Description
Gelatin silver prints
Extent: 61 photographic prints : gelatin silver, black and white ; 30.5 x 51 cm. and smaller
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21540153
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4d4d51d0-517b-0136-bb12-0ad1862c2541
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