Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Success

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The Ringling Brothers began their business under the most modest of circumstances and through hard work, business savvy, and some luck created the largest, most famous circus in the world. They became wealthy men, one 50 cent admission ticket at a time.

Ringlingville USA chronicles the brothers' journey from immigrant poverty to enduring glory as the kings of the circus world. The Ringlings and their circus were last studied in depth over four decades ago. Now, for the first ...

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Overview

The Ringling Brothers began their business under the most modest of circumstances and through hard work, business savvy, and some luck created the largest, most famous circus in the world. They became wealthy men, one 50 cent admission ticket at a time.

Ringlingville USA chronicles the brothers' journey from immigrant poverty to enduring glory as the kings of the circus world. The Ringlings and their circus were last studied in depth over four decades ago. Now, for the first time, the brothers' detailed financial records and personal correspondence are available to researchers. Jerry Apps weaves together that information with newspaper accounts, oral histories, colorful anecdotes, and stunning circus ephemera and photos, many never before been published, to illuminate the importance of the Ringlings' accomplishments. He describes how the Ringling Brothers confronted the challenges of taxation, war, economic pressure, changing technology, and personal sorrows to find their place in history. The brothers emerge as complex characters whose ambition, imagination, and pure hucksterism fueled the phenomenon that was the Ringling Brothers' Circus. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870203541
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Apps is the author of more than thirty-five books on Wisconsin and U.S. history. His writing has appeared in such publications as The Journal of American History, Wisconsin Trails, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History, and he is a regular columnist for Wisconsin Guide. He is especially known for his histories of rural and country life.  Apps has won numerous awards for his writing from the Wisconsin Library Association, the  Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Robert F. Gard Foundation, the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. In 2001 he received the Barnes and Noble Pride of Wisconsin Award for Excellence in the Field of Regional Literature. He divides his time between his home in Madison and his farm, Roshara, near Wild Rose, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The idea for a circus : 1848-1881 1
2 Hall shows and an overland circus : 1882-1884 11
3 Establishing a reputation : 1885-1889 25
4 Taking to the rails and growing : 1890-1894 44
5 A giant emerges : 1895-1899 67
6 Facing a new century : 1900-1901 88
7 Making money and pleasing people : 1902-1903 101
8 Keeping the lead : 1904-1905 114
9 Becoming even larger : 1906-1907 126
10 Managing two big shows : 1908-1909 146
11 Doing the impossible : 1910-1911 161
12 Tax woes : 1912-1914 173
13 The effects of war : 1915-1918 190
Epilogue : after Ringlingville 207
App. I 1903 Ringling Brothers' official program 217
App. II The Ringling family 221
App. III Ringling homes in Baraboo and vicinity 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Le Fefe wazz here

    The book is not bad,but it's so damn long i fell aslwep on the third chapter0-0

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Wonderful Details of Ringlingville

    The story of Ringlingville is written after much investigation and what must have been hours of research. Having grown up in Baraboo, I have heard many of the stories detailed by my grandparents and parents. The author researched the Ringling family from the beginning and told of their struggles to get started in the Circus business. The writing is fantastic and very accurate. A great read for anyone at all interested in Wisconsin history or circus history.

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