These two caravans were part of the Manders Menagerie travelling show. Here we can see a beautifully decorated caravan labelled G.Manders, alongside which stands a 'Birds Beasts and Reptiles' van.
The images have been selected from the Arthur J Fenwick collection of circus material.
Arthur James Fenwick (1878-1957) was a director of Fenwick's Department Store. In his personal life he was extremely interested in fairs and circuses, collecting historical material about them and building personal relationships with showmen who visited Newcastle. He was made a life member of the Showmen's Guild in 1944.
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