Rare souvenir program from the late Gunther Gebel-Williams's Farewell Tour with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1989. Gebel-Williams was the legendary animal trainer and international circus superstar dubbed "Lord of the Rings" for his gentle mastery with majestic wild animals, as well as his charisma, daring, and boundless energy. After more than 50 years with the circus - 20 of them spent with Ringling, where he never missed a day in more than 12,000 performances - Gebel-Williams retired from the ring in a Farewell Tour that broke box office records and crowned a career in which he had entertained more than 200 million people live. Packed with Gebel-Williams facts and photos, plus pages on noted Ringling solo acts, animals, and clowns. Includes commemorative poster still stapled in program. Very special keepsake for everyone who admires Gebel-Williams and loves circus history.
Very good condition overall. Cover: bend on upper right corner, some edge wear, foxing on back exterior. Book: foxing and toning primarily along inside page edges, slight bend on upper right corner. Inside otherwise very clean.
Softcover, with embossed front cover
72 pp, color photographs
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows Inc. (1989)
13.25 x 11 x 0.125"
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