CIRCUS, GENTRY BROS, TYPED SIGNED LETTER H B GENTRY, one page, 8.5 x 11, on ornate circus letterhead with photos of all four brothers, "Gentry Bros. Famous United Shows," March 28, 1908, regarding an order "for the 860 lbs. of sand." Mailing fold lines and minor age toning at bottom and on right margin, otherwise in fine condition.
Henry B. Gentry (1864-1940) On a farm in Bloomington, IN a young H. B. Gentry trained his pet colt and pet dog to do tricks and continued to train other available farm animals. He was invited to give a performance at the local opera house and that was the beginning of his circus. In 1887 his three brothers joined him and by 1910 they had turned their humble beginning into one of the largest shows on the road. Eventually, they had four road units, one for each brother to operate. In 1916 they sold out at the peak of their success.
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