Random Photo; Circus Child

Posted by on March 28, 2014 at 9:58 am.

A little while ago, I stumbled upon this picture (online) and for some reason it made me think about the story my father told me about a visiting outdoor circus. This particular circus performed their act right outside of the old Baltimore Fish Market. It’s been revamped and does not look the same anymore.

Circus Child

Circus Child, Berlin 1931                                  Photographed by Marianne Breslauer

One of the acts was a circus family; mom, dad and daughter that had a trapeze/tightrope act. 

The tightrope was high in the air and as the daughter made her way across she stumbled (her father attempted to grab her) but she fell to her death. It’s something that stuck in my father’s mind (and rightfully so). It’s not something you see daily and he was a child himself. My father was no older than eight, so that happened almost 68 years ago. He first told me this story when I was about the same age; eight.

Now and again my father will mention it to me and each time I wonder what happened with the parents. Did they still continue or was the grief too much for them to ever perform again?


  • Jennifer says:

    OMG! That’s terrible! So Sad! I often think about families after they have had a horrible tragedy – how they cope and if they move on! I can’t even imagine facing something so emotionally draining…especially losing a child. My hearts are with them eventho it happened nearly 70 years ago! WOW!
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, I can’t either, nor do I want too. I felt the same way, felt sorrow for the family even though the parents and some of the loved ones are most likely gone.
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