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center ring at the flea circus by Fi Webster
Cut-paper collage postcard created for Kollage Kit theme: “Circus.” When I was a little kid (late 1950s, early 1960s) and my family took car trips across the U.S., we would see signs for roadside attractions. First there’d be a cryptic sign next to the side of the road saying just “Alligators.” Then a thousand yards further, there’d be one saying “Cold Pop.” And so on, until the final one told you what road to get off on, to buy stuff and see the show. These roadside attractions often included a “Flea Circus.” Like all kids, I was fascinated by tiny things, so I really wanted to see what a flea circus was: were the fleas actually trained, or did they just jump around with small toy animals and trapezes and stuff so it looked sort of like a circus? Or were they actually dead, and glued to the little objects? I couldn’t figure out how the fleas could be alive, without a real animal to bite. Well, I never saw a flea circus, so I have no idea. If you’ve seen one, please tell me! In the ring is the familiar cat flea, which also lives on dogs and humans. I’m not going to tell you what all the audience members are: they’re just a bunch of beetles, bugs, flies, etc.

center ring at the flea circus by Fi Webster

Cut-paper collage postcard created for Kollage Kit theme: “Circus.”

When I was a little kid (late 1950s, early 1960s) and my family took car trips across the U.S., we would see signs for roadside attractions. First there’d be a cryptic sign next to the side of the road saying just “Alligators.” Then a thousand yards further, there’d be one saying “Cold Pop.” And so on, until the final one told you what road to get off on, to buy stuff and see the show.

These roadside attractions often included a “Flea Circus.” Like all kids, I was fascinated by tiny things, so I really wanted to see what a flea circus was: were the fleas actually trained, or did they just jump around with small toy animals and trapezes and stuff so it looked sort of like a circus? Or were they actually dead, and glued to the little objects? I couldn’t figure out how the fleas could be alive, without a real animal to bite.

Well, I never saw a flea circus, so I have no idea. If you’ve seen one, please tell me!

In the ring is the familiar cat flea, which also lives on dogs and humans. I’m not going to tell you what all the audience members are: they’re just a bunch of beetles, bugs, flies, etc.

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    center ring at the flea circus by Fi Webster Cut-paper collage postcard created for Kollage Kit theme: “Circus.”
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    Ah, a fan! This is a photo from my early days in the circus. The height of my career happened much later, but those were...
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