Flea Circus. Torps Flea Circus Tivoli Copenhagen 1956
Hi readers. I’d just about decided my memory played tricks. Two years in a row I remember the carnival at the Roosevelt County Fair having a flea circus a kid could see for a dime. Vivid memory because I somehow accidently went into the tent next door where a woman in a bathing suit who had no arms was typing on a typewriter with her toes.
But I’ve told a lot of people who grew up in Portales at that time about the flea circus and none remember it. Most think I just dreamed it up, or remembered wrongly, which can happen.
Only the reason they thought so, and the reason I’d begun to thnk so, was that I came to believe no such thing as a flea circus ever existed outside imaginations.
The magic of YouTube doesn’t prove a flea market came to town with the carnival in Portales, New Mexico circa 1956, but it proves beyond doubt it might have.
Secrets of the Flea Circus
Secrets of the Real Flea Circus Revealed! National Geographic (Professor Oddnaught)
Genuine Flea Circus
No shortage of flea circuses were making the rounds those days.
So all you people who went to school beside me and don’t remember attending the flea circus I, think there wasn’t one, I say, “Horsefeathers!” If you hadn’t been spending all your money on the steam shovels and cotton candy you’d have seen it too. Playing bingo with pieces of corn on a checkerboard never got anyone into a tent where a woman with no arms in a bathing suit typed with her toes.