ABOVE: The November 1, 1895 edition of the South-Florida Sentinel includes the above advertisement for the Sells Brothers’ Circus – “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and an article written by the newspaper staff.
BIGGEST HOLIDAY EVER KNOWN IN THE HISTORY OF ORLANDO, NOV. 13.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 IS THE DAY AND DATE.
THREE RING CIRCUS, FIFTY CAGE MENAGERIE.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST AND BEST SHOWS.
ONLY BIG CIRCUS AND MENAGERIE COMING TO FLORIDA THIS SEASON
THE GLADDEST DAY OF ALL THE YEAR
GRAND HOLIDAY ALLIANCE, COMING ON ITS OWN FOUR SPECIAL TRAINS.
THE OLDEST, RICHEST AND LARGEST SHOW ON EARTH.
ORGANIZED, OWNED AND MANAGED IN PERSON FOR TWENTY-
FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS. THE ONLY EXISTING SHOW
THAT HAS NEVER CHANGED OWNERSHIP, NAME OR TITLE FOR A QUARTER OF A CENTURY.
FIVE CONTINENT MENAGERIE
SEATING CAPACITY 20,000 – LARGEST TENT EVER MADE
GRAND HIPPODROME – 3 RINGS AND 2 ELEVATED STAGES
AQUARIUM, TRAINED SEALS, ELEPHANT TENT, LIVING HIPPOS
PETER SELLS, EPHRAIM SELLS, LEWIS SELLS
EXCURSIONS FROM ALL POINTS OF THE COMPASS
AN ALL INCLUDING OVER SHADOWING AMUSEMENT FEDERATION, EMBODYING EVERY RARE WILD BEAST, EVERY WONDERFUL FEATURE, EVERY STANDARD ARTIST, EVERY ACKNOWLEDGED SENSATION OF BOTH HEMISPHERES.
Capital invested, $3,500,000
Reserve Capital, $2,500,000
EPHRAIM SELLS, LEWIS SELLS, PETER SELLS,
Founders, Equal Owners and Managers.
THE ONLY SELLS BROTHERS SHOW AND THE
ONLY SHOW IN WHICH THE SELLS BROTHERS ARE INTERESTED
ALL OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE UNQUALIFIEDLY FALSE
EVERY RAILWAY AND STEAMBOAT LINE RUN
SPECIAL EXCURSIONS TO THIS BIG SHOW.
SEE the Grand Street Pageant, Nov. 13th at 10 a.m., Revealing a Grand Avalanche of Wild Beast Wonders and Spectacular Splendor. See the City of Canvas, the Biggest in the World, then decide whether or not you want to see the Performance of
SELLS BROS.’ GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
The first Big Show to reduce the price of admission in the Southern States.
Fifty Cents Only: Children Half Price.
Branch Ticket Office at the Charleston Pharmacy.
ORLANDO, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, ‘95
Afternoon and Evening,
THE ONLY BIG SHOW COMING.
A GREAT SHOW.
Sells Circus a Wonderful Aggregation of Good Things.
The big show of the world at its many new features is coming to Orlando, Wednesday, November 13th.
The fame of Sells Bros.’ precedes them everywhere, and their forthcoming visit to this city will be a glorious holiday, and their grand unity of big shows will be presented here in all its entirety, introducing triple ring circus, among which will appear a host of European celebrities. There is not a cheap or mediocre act among them. What is particularly noticeable in the performances of the Sells Brothers’ mastodonic circus, is the universal care given to the costuming. Many worn by the artists are worth hundreds of dollars, and the shining silks, glistening satins and wealth of ornamentation contribute to make a picture absolutely bewildering in its brilliancy. Patrons of the greatest show on earth are assured of seeing a complete performance, night or day, without abridgement. They will also see the largest and finest collection of rare wild animals in the world, the best three-ring circus, the handsomest horses and the most exciting hippodrome races ever witnessed in this city. Wait and watch for the most elaborate and resplendent street parade that has ever visited this city, at 10 a.m., on the day of the exhibition, November 13th.