WINDING up a five-week stand in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week, Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus was off for Boston on the first lap of its annual 10,000-mile tour. As always, the "Greatest Show on Earth" was jammed with enough clowns, animals and death-defying aerialists to bewilder the most attentive youngster in the audience. And, as always, the whole show sparkled with a brand-new spring outfit of costumes, scenery and floats. The man who dresses the circus anew each year, "from the sawdust up" (moss-green this year), is a mild-mannered,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!