1. Mustache Monday goes to the Circus

    This circus performer sports a strong-man mustache and a chest full of tattoos. 

    We don’t know who he is, but his photo was taken by Charles Eisenmann, a German immigrant who established a photo studio on the Bowery in the 1870s (229 Bowery, to be precise – today part of the Bowery Mission). According to Syracuse University Library, which houses The Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, he focused on a clientele of dime-museum “freaks and curiosities,” who needed cartes de visite to help market themselves to side shows and circuses. 

    This image is stored in our Billy Rose Theater Division, which has a whole photograph file on the circus, for your viewing pleasure. 


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