National Geographic : 1931 Oct
Photographs by Richard H. Stewart A PYTHON MAKES A SHUDDERY NECKLACE Every side show must have its woman snake charmer. The exhibit is a part of circus tradition. Many of the members of the congress of freaks owe their livelihood to deformities that would be insurmountable handicaps in ordinary pursuits (see text, page 487, and Color Plates VII, XI, and XIV). ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF THE BIG TOP On Friday, February 13,1931, Lillian Leitzel, the charming aerialist who for many seasons held crowds breathless byperforming more than a hundred successive vertical swings ofher body while hanging byone hand from a rope at the top of thetent, fell and was killed. The accident oc curred in Denmark (see text,page 516).