Philly Based Showman Adam Forepaugh - Original Greatest Show on Earth

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    Adam Forepaugh - NYT Obit 28 Jan 1890


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    Adam Forepaugh - Obit - NY The Press 24 Jan 1890


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    Circuses Philly - Inquirer 24 April 1954


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    Atlantic House Philadelphia - Circus Clearing House in Winter


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    (images, Philadelphia Record August 1906, of where winter quarter performers practiced and gave local performances twice a week as part of O'Brien performers in Frankford.)


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    (The ways of the circus; being the memories and adventures of...Conklin, George, 1845-1921)

    (I cannot find anything on the net regarding an Atlantic House as a hotel or as a business name as in above autobiographical account.)



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    Ring Barn - SE Darrah and Foulkrod Streets


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    City of Philadelphia Ward 23 - 1887



    One other note, the demise of O'Brien in 1889, Forepaugh in 1890 and Barnum in 1891 was an end to an era started and refined by these old timers before the big consolidation of these earlier smaller parts becoming the greater traditional concept of American Circus under Ringling Brothers.



     
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    Frankford - Winter Quarters and Home of Circus and Circus Folk - Seven Stars Hotel - 1870s 1880s



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    O'Brien's Circus usually wintered in Frankford in the northern side of that town after the Civil War. The main circus people there being mainly with John "Pogey" O'Brien's annual shows. Pogey nickname a corruption of Porgy, a fish that as a young man John O'Brien sold in the streets.


    Seven Stars Hotel the center of the Circus Crowd. O'Brien once having owned it. The brick buildings north of in 1917 photo for storage of hay and stable for Circus animals, elephants etc. A line of row houses on Griscom street where circus people lived in a cluster in olden days.


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    Even P.T.Barnum's favorite freak show fat lady Hannah Battersby lived in Frankford. She was buried in a maple coffin 7 feet long by 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep and carried on a specially reinforced wagon on her way to her final rest in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

    John O'Brien is also in Cedar Hill I believe, his career on the wane from his various very rich partnerships and franchise use of name over the years with the Forepaugh and Barnum circuses and offshoots, succumbing finally in his fifties to a lifelong case of asthma.


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    NY Sign of the Times 28 Feb 1885


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    Inquirer 8 Jan 1924


     
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    O'Brien's Four Great Shows - Circus - The Daily Saratogian 24 May 1872

    John "Pogey" O'Brien's Frankford based circus...on the road to Saratoga NY...



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