Portrait of the Flying Wallendas daredevil circus act founder Karl Wallenda.

Portrait of the Flying Wallendas daredevil circus act founder Karl Wallenda.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/245024
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Title

  • Portrait of the Flying Wallendas daredevil circus act founder Karl Wallenda.

Image Number

  • JJS0046

Year

  • 196-?

Series Title

General Note

  • The Great Wallendas were noted throughout Europe for their four-man pyramid and cycling on the high wire. The act moved to the United States in 1928 and began an association with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus.

    Biography Note

  • In 1978, at age 73, Karl Wallenda attempted a walk between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a wire stretched 121 ft. above the pavement. He fell to his death when winds exceeded 30 miles per hour.

  • Biography Note

  • Joseph Janney Steinmetz was a world-renowned commercial photographer whose images appeared in such publications as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, Time, Holiday, Collier's, and Town & Country. His work has been referred to as "an American social history," which documented diverse scenes of American life from affluent northeasterners to middle-class Floridians. Steinmetz moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Sarasota, Florida in 1941.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 transparency - col. - 5 x 4 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Location: 30713, B.

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Portrait of the Flying Wallendas daredevil circus act founder Karl Wallenda.
Portrait of the Flying Wallendas daredevil circus act founder Karl Wallenda.

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