Douglas, Herbert A. and Kasiska, William H. Three Letters from Circusiana Collectors. Two double-sided neat handwritten letters 215 by 280mm (8 1/2 by 11 inches) on Herbert A. Douglas' letterhead; dated December 28, 1944 and March 9, 1949. One single-sided typed letter 165 by 230mm (6 1/2 by 9 inches) on William H. Kasiska letterhead; dated November 25, 1935. Kasiska letter unsigned; trimmed; and previously glued into scrapbook; glue residue to text - not ideal. Two Douglas letters with fold markings.

Let’s get Meta: A circus collection is incomplete without collecting the collectors of circusiana writing to yet other collectors addressing the on-goings of the great American circus. Kasiska prints on his letterhead that he is a collector of circus letterheads”. 

Contains detailed banter between the circus obsessed. Douglas’ 1944 letter is to W.H. Woodcock. Woodcock’s family owned the Orton Railroad Circus, and Woodcock made his living buying and selling elephants to traveling shows. 

In the 1949 letter Douglas writes regarding a circusiana dealer: I recently saw a list of his that mentioned some dandy Welsh Bros of 1902 that made my mouth fairly water…” I can only hope for similar Pavlovian responses. 

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