Here, in both glory and grit, is the American circus during the most vibrant period in its history. These photos, not seen for almost a century, show it all, from the pre-performance parades and tent raisings to the magical events under the "Big Top" and the train leaving town. These remarkable images capture both the intensity of the routines and the spirit of camaraderie of the performers. 75 photos.Sloan, Mark is the author of 'Wild, Weird, and Wonderful The American Circus Circa 1901-1927, As Seen by F.W. Glasier', published 2002 under ISBN 9780971454842 and ISBN 0971454841.