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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then let me  INTRODUCE you to LILLIE MEERS.

NEWSOME'S GRAND CIRCUS

THE MEERS SISTERS

ROSE MEERS

MEERS SISTERS IN EUROPE

 

LILLIE'S FAMILY HISTORY


              Ringling museum Exhibit

The poster was featured in a Ringling Museum exhibit in Florida. The Meers Sisters, Rose and Ouika. "The Worlds Greatest Equestriennes"




Lille's sibling, Rose, is pictured in the center ring,  she is also one of the Meers Sisters. "The Greatest Living Lady Rider".

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 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. 

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.

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).



 

Please check the museum's Spring 2013 Calendar for details.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE TWO LILIES 

BY CHARLES FISH 

 

 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

(see above)



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. 


Lillie Meers

 



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