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William & Freddie O'Brien Carte de Visite

William & Freddie O'Brien Carte de Visite


n.p.: c.1878. 11x6.5 cm. Carte de visite. Age toning. Overall very good.

William and Freddie O'Brien were trapeze artists and sons of Fred O'Brien, also a circus acrobat. The boys performed with their father and mother (a slack-wire artist) until Fred Sr.'s death in 1881 from injuries sustained in a double-somersault over a series of elephants. Both boys were last spotted in the circus in 1897, by which point William was an acrobat for Robinson-Franklin, and Freddie Jr. a principal clown for Cooper & Co. (353)

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