This week, we enter Jeremy Bearimy time, Bigfoot faces off against sentient pants, Melanie gets high-brow on us and continues with her favorite chaotic men theme, ballerinas catch fire, firefighters eff around and find out, a man hacks his way through a crowd, 807 Walnut Street is hit by disaster after grandiose disaster, and Melanie rolls out the exclusive new $20 Patreon level.
Content warnings: extensive animal cruelty, slavery/dehumanization, animal attacks, amputation, racism/minstrel shows, humans on fire, people falling/jumping out of windows, brief reference to death of a child 1:39:00, structural fire,
A History of the Traveling Menagerie
Allen, John D. (fl. 1890-1923)
Bilby, T. (1858). The book of animals: For the amusement and instruction of young persons: Exemplified by original and select illustrative anecdotes. In The book of animals: For the amusement and instruction of young persons: Exemplified by original and select illustrative anecdotes (pp. 125-127). New York, NY: Leavitt and Allen.
Blazing Ballerinas And A Rampaging Elephant At 807 Walnut Street
Columbus II (Mogul?) an Asian elephant at Raymond & Warings Menagerie, Museum and Circus United
Eaton Stone, "The Devil Rider"
Elephants dead 1847
Flames, In Gauze And Crinolines, The Gale Sisters Last Dance Together, Sept 14, 1861
Mysteries from the Morgue: Where is Columbus the elephant buried?
Nance, S. (2013). Entertaining elephants Animal agency and the business of the American circus. In Entertaining elephants animal agency and the business of the American circus (pp. 109-110). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Night of the Flaming Ballerinas
Philadelphia, PA Continental Theatre Fire, Sept 1861
Philadelphia, PA Grand Central Theater Fire, Apr 1892
Philadelphia, PA Grand Central Theatre Fire, Apr 1892 - Seven Dead or Missing
The Black Crook, the “First” Broadway Musical, Is Headed Back to NY
The Bonfire of Ballet Girls
The evening telegraph. [volume], June 20, 1867, FOURTH EDITION, Page 8, Image 8
Town of Somers History
Watson, J. F. (1855). Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania: Being a collection of MEMOIRS, anecdotes, and incidents of the city and its inhabitants, and of the earliest settlements of the inland part of pennsylvania, from the days of the founders ... In Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania: Being a collection of memoirs, anecdotes, and incidents of the city and its inhabitants, and of the earliest settlements of the inland part of Pennsylvania, from the days of the founders ... (pp. 374-375). Philadelphia: Parry and M'Millan.