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Circus, trapeze artists, possibly State Fair in Minot, N.D.
Circus, trapeze artists, possibly State Fair in Minot, N.D.
TitleCircus, trapeze artists, possibly State Fair in Minot, N.D.
Date of Original1937-06
DescriptionFour trapeze artists are performing high above the ringmaster who is dressed as a clown, a band performing, and a tent. Several American flags are visible. A fenced racetrack is visible behind the circus. It appears to be a practice round, as there is only one man visible viewing the performance. On the other hand, the crowd could be located beyond the view of the photographer, Northwest Williston, N.D.
General SubjectSocial life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Circus performers
Circuses & shows
Circus spectacles
Stages (Platforms)
Musical instruments
Bicycles & tricycles
LocationMinot (N.D.)
Item Number1-75A-14-2
Negative Number1-75A-14-2
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original2 x 3 in.
Transcription"June Sept. 1937 Feb., March, 1938"--Handwritten on original box
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-75A-14-2)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws175A142
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