Send in the clowns

Pasatiempo - - NEWS -

Be­fore the Great De­pres­sion, cir­cuses trav­eled from town to town by train. In the late 1930s, WJ “Windy” Mor­ris be­gan build­ing a model cir­cus in or­der to share the magic of his fa­vorite child­hood pas­time with fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The fi­nal re­sult, which wasn’t com­pleted un­til 1970, in­cludes more than 100,000 parts and pieces, many of which he de­signed to move. The Mor­ris Minia­ture Cir­cus opens at the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art on Sun­day, April 3, the first time it’s been ex­hib­ited in 30 years. On the cover is a photo il­lus­tra­tion of the cir­cus; photos by Kitty Leaken.

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