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ISU circus collection connects to Titanic

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:46:12 CDT
By: AP

ISU circus collection connects to Titanic 100 years ago this Sunday the Titanic went down in the north Atlantic ocean. Special collections archivists at ISU's Milner Library have discovered a connection between the doomed ship and the university's famous collection of circus memorabilia. Specialist Mark Schmitt says they have correspondence from A.A. Stewart of the Strobridge Lithographhy Company which had a huge multi-year deal with the Ringling Circus. Schmitt says the letters show Stewart was a very sophisticated man.

   

The implied threat and the promise to disadvantage other circuses by forcing them to use companies with lesser reputations for color and movement of figures in posters worked. Ringling took the deal. Schmitt says Stewart was a wealthy man, worth about $8 million in today's dollars when he went down on the Titanic.

The complete interview. 12:29

   

Schmitt says the one thing no one apparently has is a photo of Steward and he's challenging circus historians and fans to try to find one.

   

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