Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, September 28, 2015 – January 8, 2016

“The exhibition features more than 100 photographs and video from a private collection of unusual vintage images of American crowds, rallies, assemblies, teams, organizations, fraternities, unions, clubs, tribes, conventions, and alliances, all made before 1950. This colorful, touching, and often humorous look at American cultural and social history is not, as scholar Alison Nordström writes, ‘an objective survey of a genre but a subjective and personally chosen collection of found photographs, each of which departs in some delightful way from the typical’.” — International Center of Photography

1.GROUPS Kelty, Hunt's Three Ring Circus 1921

E. J. Kelty (American, 1888–1967), Century Photographers, Hunt’s Three Ring Circus, Northport, Long Island, New York, June 26, 1931

2.GROUPS Horner, Men in costume with bowties, 1890's

Horner Studio, Men in Costumes with Bow Ties, 1890s

3.GROUPS Unknown, Ramona Rebekah Lodge, 1890

Unidentified Photographer, Ramona, Rebekah Lodge, No. 83, I. O.O.F., late 19th–early 20th century

7.GROUPS Poeszler, Baseball Teams, 1912

Poeszler Studio, Baseball Teams, 1912

8.GROUPS Unknown, 323nd Inf. n.d

Unidentified Photographer, 323rd Infantry (seated), n.d.

5.GROUPS Mole & Thomas, “The Human Liberty Bell, 27,000 Officers & Men at Camp Dix”, 1918

Mole & Thomas, Arthur Mole (American, born England, 1889–1983), John D. Thomas (American, died 1947), The Human Liberty Bell, 25,000 Officers & Men, at Camp Dix, New Jersey, General Hugh L. Scott, CMDR, 1918

4.GROUPS Press Dept, Bell Telephone Exhibit, World's Fair, 1939

The Press Department, Bell Telephone Department, New York World’s Fair, 1939

6.GROUPS Unk Press Buy V Bonds, 1940's

Unidentified Photographer, Buy V Bonds, 1940s

9.GROUPS Hess, Miss America Beauty Pageant 1953

Fred Hess & Son, Miss America Pageant—Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 7–12, 1953

Exhibition by The International Center of Photography, in collaboration with W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate and the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. Images courtesy W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and International Center of Photography