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The Hartford Circus Fire
Archival Photos

                           ~ produced by Brandon Kampe

The following are actual historic photos from private collections
and the Connecticut State Library, included here by special permission:

Just minutes before the fire breaks out . (Carl Wallis photo, Courtesy of CT State Library)

Mayhem outside the 'Big Top'. (Courtesy: CT State Library)


Burning 'Big Top'. (Courtesy: Gladys Nelson Collection, CT State Library)


Running from the 'Big Top'. (Courtesy: Gladys Nelson Collection, CT State Library)


Emmett Kelly, Sr. headed for animal cages with water bucket. (Unknown Source)

Burned bleachers and center ring animal cage after fire. (Courtesy: CT State Library)


* More Circus Fire Photos: www.historybuff.com/library/refcircus2.html 

* For information on the Hartford Circus Fire Memorial which was officially dedicated
July 6, 2005 at the Barbour Street site of the fire in Hartford, CT, please visit this website:
Hartford Circus Fire Memorial Foundation

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