National Geographic : 1931 Oct
Photograph byW.Robert Moore WONDER WAKES UNDER THE BIG TOP "I am a canvas skyscraper within whose confines troops a world in miniature. I am a temple of eternaljoy, where men who cannot read orwrite rub elbows with kings and behold art. Here, within the borders of a vacant lot, live people from strange lands who speak inforeign tongues, butwho know one first loyalty, and that to Spangleland. Beneath me gods of mirth and laughter brew a draught todispel sorrow. And sometimes death flies side by side with those who thrill the crowd. I am the Big Top."