Built in 1902, the Columbia wagon proudly makes its way down a narrow, paved road in a parade hosted by the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The wagon is pulled by eight white Percheron horses that are each decorated with leather reins and ornate headpieces accented with dark feathers. Riding the wagon are several members from the circus' marching, as well as two men who sit at the front and direct the carriage. To the right sits a typical three-story New England cottage, whose yard is filled with numerous trees and shrubbery that have lost their leaves as a result of the harsh winter climate. Lining the street are men and women of various ages dressed in warm, fashionable attire. Despite the cold, bitter weather that New England is known for, the spectators were still eager to attend the parade and admire the wonderful attractions and craftsmanship of the Barnum and Bailey circus.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.