This article advertising the South American Circus was published in an American Patriot newspaper report dated May 1, 1849. It was a full 50 years before the circus parade shown in our post below.
In those days before instant communication via satellites, cell phones, computers and television a circus coming to town was big news. It offered views of an outside world that boggled the mind and the imagination of many. It was an exciting diversion of the day-to-day life of the town's residents.