Night at the Circus - Date Unknown
Robert Frederick Blum 1857 -1903
BARNUM & BAILEY IN EUROPE
In 1897, James Bailey took the Barnum and Bailey Circus on a tour of Europe until 1902. The Meers Sisters were part of this historic event. The circus equestriennes were also featured on a poster for the exhibit in early 2013 (see above).
I have worked in the Entertainment Industry, as an Advertising,Television, Music and Motion Picture Associate for more than a decade. I am currently promoting Lillie Meers, as a showcase for my marketing skills.
Lille Meers and her family have circus roots, which date back over three hundred years. Her grandfather was James Newsome, owner of Newsome's Grand Circus, which was located in, Edinburgh, Scotland. The program lists her parents Mdlle. Adele and Mr. Meers.
The Most famous of circus equestriennes the Meers Sisters, numbered seven, but did not always perform together. Marie and Ouika Meers, "Europe's Greatest Lady Equestrians", are pictured on this circus poster.
Lille's sibling, Rose, is pictured in the center ring, she is also one of the Meers Sisters. "The Greatest Living Lady Rider".
The poster was featured in a Ringling Museum exhibit in Florida. The Meers Sisters, Rose and Ouika. "The Worlds Greatest Equestriennes"
The Lily of my humble muse
Is fairer far than that of France.
The one a happy emblem of
A land of women, wine and dance.
The while the other gladdens all
Who look upon her perfect grace:
With cheeks aglow and sparkling eyes.
Who could forget her winsome face?
We wish all the boundless joy
The kindliest fortune can bestow.
And all the peace and happiness
A pure deserving heart can know.
Published in Sunday Chicago Herald
August 30, 1891
The Chicago Herald asked Charles W Fish for permission to publish his poem. He stated that it was written for, circus equestrienne, Lillie Meers.
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Color Engraving 1874
LILLIE MEERS , 1874
Lillie, age 5 , started performing in her grandfather's circus in 1874. She was given her first horse the year before. Little Miss Meers named her new friend, Dick. Scotland was her home base but she traveled throughout the world, performing for The Royal Houses of Europe. The picture right helps illustrate the star's magical dream-life, as a child. She leaped and flew in the air to the amazement of all.
Detail of Newsome's Grand Circus Program, 1881
In 1891 Miss Lillie Meers starred in a production called, "The Country Circus" all of a sudden her art, imitated life. The headlines in the newspapers printed the real life story and it was fairy tale come true. The line between reality and fantasy became blurred.
Charles W. Fish Poster from Daniel Draper
Bandwagon Magazine May-June 1988
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