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They may seem quaint and horribly rural, but the appeal of the circus has never quite disappeared. And, as Thom Browne recently reminded us, their influence is far from disappearing.

Taschen has just come out with a book that should be the perfect primer if you’re looking to brush up on your clowns. It’s called *The Circus, 1870-1950*, covering 80 years of traveling entertainment, complete with its own posters, stars and sense of style.

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