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24th Dir. Circus, Ahrweiler, Germany

24th Dir. Circus, Ahrweiler, Germany
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
Captain James Hughes is shown in this photo with members of the 24th Dir. Circus troupe in Ahrweiler, Germany. The photo was taken in 1919 while he was in Germany during the Army of Occupation. James Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available on Kansapedia.


24th Dir. Circus, Ahrweiler, Germany

24th Dir. Circus, Ahrweiler, Germany
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
These unidentified soldiers are shown with women from the 24th Dir. Circus in Ahrweiler, Germany. The photo was taken in 1919 while Captain Hughes was in Germany during the Army of Occupation. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Costume

Costume
Date: between 1910 and 1930
Circus costume consisting of pants, trunks, shirt, and shoes. Worn by Rube Perkins, the stage name of Archie William Dickie (1881-1948) of Holton, Kansas. Rube Perkins toured the country as a circus, carnival, vaudeville, and minstrel performer, working both with larger touring troupes and as solo performer. He was most noted as an acrobat and loose-wire artist, but also performed in comedy routines and other acts.


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