I'm currently reading a great book I picked up at Goodwill for $2.25. It's A Ticket to the Circus by Charles Philip Fox from 1959. The book details the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus and includes tons of great photos, sketches, and documents.
The first year the Ringling Brothers officially took the show on the road was 1884. The show was billed as Yankee Robinson and Ringling Bros. Great Double Shows, Circus and Caravan. Quite the name isn't it?!? This was the only year the Brothers ever took second billing.
I'm sure I'll be sharing other interesting things about the Ringling Brothers as I continue to read this book :)