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This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus. Standing from left to right behind a Laird Swallow: Karl Garver, Ruth Garver, and Paul Duncan. The Garver Flying Circus, established around 1920 or 1921, by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.
Date: Between 1920 and 1924
Item Number: 216662
Call Number: TL.500 Gar. E *5
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 216662
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Aviators
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Events and Celebrations - Circuses
Date - 1920s
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Thematic Time Period - The Twenties, 1920-1929
Transportation - Air Travel - Aeroplanes
Type of Material - Photographs