The Hartford Circus Fire

The Hartford Circus Fire

Through firsthand accounts, interviews with survivors and a gripping collection of vintage photographs, author Michael Skidgell attempts to make sense of one of Hartford's worst tragedies.

Author: Michael Skidgell

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781625845221

Category: Nature

Page: 144

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Almost 7,000 fans eagerly packed into the Ringling Brothers big top on July 6, 1944. With a single careless act, an afternoon at the "Greatest Show on Earth" quickly became one of terror and tragedy as the paraffin-coated circus tent caught fire. Panicked crowds rushed for the few exits, but in minutes, the tent collapsed on those still struggling to escape below. A total of 168 lives were lost, many of them children, with many more injured and forever scarred by the events. Hartford and the surrounding communities reeled in the aftermath as investigators searched for the source of the fire and the responsible parties. Through firsthand accounts, interviews with survivors and a gripping collection of vintage photographs, author Michael Skidgell attempts to make sense of one of Hartford's worst tragedies.
Categories: Nature

The Great Hartford Circus Fire

The Great Hartford Circus Fire

On July 6, 1944, The Big Top suddenly caught fire at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Hartford, Connecticut.

Author: Henry S. Cohn

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0300050127

Category: History

Page: 207

View: 691

On July 6, 1944, The Big Top suddenly caught fire at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Hartford, Connecticut. The inferno killed 169 people, mostly women and children, and injured more than 550 others. Faced with hundreds of liability suits, the Greatest Show on Earth was headed for bankruptcy and liquidation, and tort claimants were likely to receive nothing. This dismal scenario was averted only when a small group of public-spirited Hartford attorneys fashioned a creative, successful solution to one of the nations earliest mass torts. This nearly forgotten episode offers some valuable lessons for us today, when litigation involving asbestos, the Dalkon Shield and other mass torts is yielding a dubious brand of justice for all.
Categories: History

1944 Fires

1944 Fires

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Author: LLC Books

Publisher:

ISBN: 1158624077

Category:

Page: 22

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Hartford Circus Fire, which occurred on July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, was one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States. The fire occurred during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum
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The Circus Fire

The Circus Fire

Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.

Author: Stewart O'Nan

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307482983

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 956

The acclaimed author of A Prayer for the Dying brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism—the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance, when the big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control. More than 8,000 people were trapped inside, and the ensuing disaster would eventually take 167 lives. Steward O'Nan brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the perilous effort to maneuver animals out of danger; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death. Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.
Categories: Performing Arts

Women and Children First

Women and Children First

Growing up a New Englander puts me in that tradition of seeking public accountability, thus the underlying, persistent theme of this book.

Author: Donald H. Roy

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:49015003460590

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 897

Twenty-three days after the horrible Hartford circus fire, July 6, 1944, I was born in Hartford, Connecticut. My mother and aunt lived but 700 feet from the circus grounds. Growing up so close to the circus grounds caused me to be haunted by this fire, which no one spoke about much and no one adequately explained. In the 1980s, I began some research on the circus fire and eventually discovered a unique way of retelling this fire's long story. First and foremost, remember the personal characteristics of those who died, then read the documentary account of the fire over the years, and in the process consider this author's reflective commentary. Starting in the late 1980s, I began writing public policy dialogues, which turned into five books: Dialogues in American Politics, Public Policy Dialogues, Reuniting America: Eleven Multicultural Dialogues, The Dialogic Resurgence of Public Intellectuals, and State Governments: Institutions and Issues. My preferred way of writing is dialogic, since in politics there are always many different, compelling voices and perspectives to consider. In this circus fire book, there is a dialogue between the documentary evidence (the many voices) and my own commentary. Growing up a New Englander puts me in that tradition of seeking public accountability, thus the underlying, persistent theme of this book.
Categories: History

Hartford Circus Fire July 6 1944

Hartford Circus Fire  July 6  1944

Author: American National Red Cross

Publisher:

ISBN: LCCN:a48005938

Category: Hartford (Conn.)

Page: 15

View: 206

Categories: Hartford (Conn.)

A Matter of Degree

A Matter of Degree

A MATTER OF DEGREE, bound in a high-quality hardcover first edition, is a haunting tale of personal loss and public controversy, a superior work of narrative nonfiction filled with passion, purpose and poetic imagery.

Author: Don Massey

Publisher:

ISBN: 1930601247

Category: History

Page: 317

View: 805

A MATTER OF DEGREE, bound in a high-quality hardcover first edition, is a haunting tale of personal loss and public controversy, a superior work of narrative nonfiction filled with passion, purpose and poetic imagery. Don Massey humanizes history by placing a dedicated fireman's spiritual quest for an unknown and unclaimed child against the backdrop of a public tragedy.
Categories: History

Masters of Illusions

Masters of Illusions

In an historical novel based on the 1944 Barnum & Bailey's circus tent fire that killed hundreds, two survivors reexamine their lives and marriage while seeking the fire's true cause. By the author of The Port of Missing Men.

Author: Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780446565134

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 365

In an historical novel based on the 1944 Barnum & Bailey's circus tent fire that killed hundreds, two survivors reexamine their lives and marriage while seeking the fire's true cause. By the author of The Port of Missing Men.
Categories: Fiction

Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association

Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association

... Cocoanut Grove night club fire in Boston in 1942, a great amount of special
legislation, inspection procedure and other action was taken to make night clubs
throughout the country safer from fires. Similarly, after the Hartford circus fire in
July ...

Author: National Fire Protection Association

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3037472

Category: Fire prevention

Page:

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Categories: Fire prevention

LIFE

LIFE

OF. THE. CIRCUS. ARSONIST. Dream. drawings. confirm. confession. of. youth.
who. started. Hartford. fire. For six weeks Ohio police and medical authorities
listened at first with disbelief and then with increasing horror as a stoop-
shouldered ...

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Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 120

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
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Big Top Burning

Big Top Burning

Draws upon primary source documents and survivor interviews to recount the story of one of the worst disasters in American history, the 1944 Hartford circus fire, which claimed the lives of over one hundred people.

Author: Laura A. Woollett

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1641602236

Category:

Page: 176

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The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed "Fire!" and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive. With primary source documents and survivor interviews, Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire--one of the worst fire disasters in US history. Its remarkable characters include: Robert Segee, the fifteen-year-old circus roustabout and known pyromaniac; and the Cook children, Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience when the circus tent caught fire. Guiding readers through the investigations of the mysteries that make this moment in history so fascinating, this book asks: Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed "Little Miss 1565" Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson--and did Robert Segee set it? Big Top Burning combines a gripping disaster story, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II-era American history, inviting middle-grade readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.
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The Circus Kings

The Circus Kings

Yet what most people do not know is that events behind the scenes rivaled the excitement and intrigue of the center ring. This book tells the story behind 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.

Author: Henry Ringling North

Publisher:

ISBN: 081303311X

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 768

Through the early twentieth century, the Ringling Brothers created a spectacle like no one had ever seen. Yet what most people do not know is that events behind the scenes rivaled the excitement and intrigue of the center ring. This book tells the story behind 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.
Categories: History

Disasters Accidents and Crises in American History

Disasters  Accidents  and Crises in American History

HARTFORD. CIRCUS. FIRE. 1945 ◇◇ AIRPLANE CRASH INTO THE EMPIRE
STATE BUILDING 1945. 1970, to 128 million cars traveling 2.3 trillion miles in
2000), deepening the continuing pollution crisis. Rather than developing
extensive ...

Author: Ballard C. Campbell

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438130125

Category: Accidents

Page: 481

View: 914

Presents a chronologically-arranged reference to catastrophic events in American history, including natural disasters, economic depressions, riots, murders, and terrorist attacks.
Categories: Accidents

Rising from the Flames

Rising from the Flames

Fire , flames , sex , sin , and taboos all melded together narratively and
graphically in a fifties version of pulp fiction , the ... Tirone Smith uses the Hartford
Circus fire as the dramatic cause for mystery - solving to understand both the
events that ...

Author: Albert Howard Carter III

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812215176

Category: Medical

Page: 229

View: 342

Although medical advances have remarkably increased the survival rate of the severely burned, such patients still encounter physical and psychological pain and disability, disfigurement, and social rejection. Rising from the Flames examines the experience of the severely burned as survivors confront it, not just as a medical event but as a human ordeal involving social, cultural, psychological, and medical trauma. It discusses the causes of burns, the physiology of injury and healing, the forms of isolation burn patients endure, and the cultural meaning attached to burns and burned persons.
Categories: Medical

Hartford Radio

Hartford Radio

INTRODUCTION Radio listeners in the Hartford area during 1922 had very few
stations to listen to . ... programming during the afternoon of August 6 , 1944 , to
broadcast news of the terrible Hartford circus fire that ultimately claimed 168 lives
.

Author: John Ramsey

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738576662

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 802

Radio broadcasting has been an integral part of the history of Hartford since the early part of the 20th century. WDRC was the state's first station (1923), and they helped pioneer FM radio technology in the early 1940s. Many Hartford residents learned about the end of World War II via radio, and the medium played a key role in keeping people informed during the floods of 1938 and 1955, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the great Northeast Blackout of 1965. Surprisingly, Hartford, the capital of "the land of steady habits," saw two stations break from the pack to help bring the British Invasion to the state in the early 1960s. And thousands of schoolchildren eagerly listened to WTIC's legendary Bob Steele on wintery mornings as they excitedly awaited school closing announcements. Hartford Radio offers a glimpse into the history of the area's broadcast stations and the people who ran them.
Categories: History

Ringling Bros and Barnum

Ringling Bros  and Barnum

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Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

ISBN: 1155392868

Category:

Page: 168

View: 102

Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The Greatest Show on Earth, P. T. Barnum, Ringling Bros. and Barnum
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Nobody yet Knows Who I Am

Nobody yet Knows Who I Am

And then, a scant month later, on July 6, 1944, a tragic fire broke out in Hartford,
Connecticut, during a performance of the Ringling Brothers Barnum 8c Bailey
circus in the north end of Hartford. 167 people died as a result of the blaze, which
 ...

Author: Robert Ayres Carter

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469123981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 348

View: 438

Nobody Yet Knows Who I Am: A Personal History: 1943 - 1953 is the second volume in Robert Ayres Carters memoir. The first volume, Sundays Child, was published in 2005 by Xlibris. This volume opens with the authors military service as an enlisted man in the United States Army in World War II, highlighted by a tour of duty in the China- Burma Theater. Returning to the States in 1946, Mr. Carters story then resumes with his career as a book salesman, a student in New York City, a Fulbright Scholar at the Sorbonne in Paris, and as an Instructor of French at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. The book closes in 1953, with Mr. Carter once again back in New York City, this time determined on a career as a professional writer.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Southeastern Geographer

Southeastern Geographer

The former grave of ''Little Miss 1565,'' one of the victims of the 1944 Hartford
circus fire, in family gravesite and this gravestone was changed, but kept at her
original burial site. The identification of Eleanor Cook is still in dispute, but may
never ...

Author: David M. Cochran Jr.

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807872611

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 286

Table of Contents for Volume 52, Number 4 (Winter 2012) Special Issue: Placing Memory and Heritage in the Geography Classroom Guest Editor: Chris W. Post Cover Art The Mule Pull at the Mississippi Pecan Festival Joseph S. Miller Introduction: Placing Memory and Heritage in the Geography Classroom Chris W. Post Part I: Papers ''History by the Spoonful'' in North Carolina: The Textual Politics of State Highway Historical Markers Derek H. Alderman Remembrance and Place-Making: Teaching Students to Look Ahead While Looking Back Stephen S. Birdsall Editing Memory and Automobility & Race: Two Learning Activities on Contested Heritage and Place Kenneth E. Foote A Tale of Two Civil War Statues: Teaching the Geographies of Memory and Heritage in Norfolk, Virginia Jonathan I. Leib Objectives and Prospects for Bringing Service-Learning into the Memory and Heritage Classroom Chris W. Post Making Memory, Making Landscapes: Classroom Applications of Parallel Trends in the Study of Landscape, Memory, and Learning Owen J. Dwyer and Matthew McCourt Part II: Geographical Notes A Tribute to Dr. Louis De Vorsey, Jr. (1929–2012) Sanford H. Bederman Part III: Reviews From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540–1715 Robbie Ethridge Reviewed by Craig S. Revels Key Methods in Geography Nicholas Clifford, Shaun French, and Gill Valentine (Editors) Reviewed by Bandana Kar
Categories: Social Science

The Greatest Show

The Greatest Show

Inspired by the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire, the interconnected stories in Michael Downs's The Greatest Show explore the aftermath of a disaster in a world of clowns, elephants, and childhood fantasies.

Author: Michael Downs

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807144534

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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Fire sweeps along the wall of a circus tent while inside thousands of people enjoy a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey matinee. Within minutes, flames consume the canvas and vast sections collapse, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. Inspired by the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire, the interconnected stories in Michael Downs's The Greatest Show explore the aftermath of a disaster in a world of clowns, elephants, and childhood fantasies. In the opening story, Ania Liszak, a young Polish housemaid, steals circus tickets from her employer to take her three-year-old son, Teddy, to the matinee. The fire nearly kills both and leaves them scarred in different ways: Teddy's mother enjoys the beautiful strangeness of the scar on her face, but the patches across Teddy's body inspire cruel schoolmates to call him "Lizard Liszak." Over time, his mother transforms her pain into drama, while Teddy, having no memory of that day, seeks ways to return to it. These and other captivating characters appear throughout the book, creating a portrait of an American city and its people over five decades, raising questions about wounds and healing, memory and forgetting, and about the human capacity for kindness -- with all its futility and power -- in the midst of great loss.
Categories: Fiction

Connecticut Disasters

Connecticut Disasters

History writer Ellsworth S. Grant takes you back to Connecticut's most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Nutmeg State forever.

Author: Ellsworth S. Grant

Publisher: Globe Pequot

ISBN: 076273972X

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 923

Dramatic retellings of twenty true events, including the Moodus earthquake of 1791, the Norwalk train wreck of 1853, the Great Hurricane of 1938, the Great Hartford Circus Fire of 1944, the Mianus Bridge collapse of 1983, and many others.
Categories: History