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The Baylor Family Collection, no. 1 - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1948)

John Baylor

Silent | c. 1948-1949

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This home movie, from the collection of Austin's John Baylor family, captures the assembly of the of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus combined show site in Austin. A number of circus animals are shown while the big top is being constructed, including elephants, tigers, polar bears, miniature ponies, and donkeys.

The Baylor Collection is made up of films capturing two generations of the Baylor family, spanning roughly from the late 1940s to 1980. The majority of the films were taken between 1960 - 1980 by John Baylor, and feature his wife Diane and their three children: Donna, David, and Darin. John and Diane married in 1962 and lived and raised their children in central Austin. In the early 1970s, with the help of John's brother, they built a lake house on Lake LBJ. Much of the footage in the collection is taken either at the lake house, or on road trips to state parks throughout Texas.