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Mystery Video: January 2014

This month’s Mystery Video comes from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s collection of Universal Newsreels. The title card reads “Midget Troupe Gets Short End as Circus Closes,” and we have the following description from the original content sheet: Rain ‘washes out' a midget circus, stranding the little people a long way from home. Some of them find odd jobs in town when the sheriff sells their show, working in taverns or wiping windshields at service stations. Can you help fill in the gaps of this story? Which circus troupe were these men a part of? Which years did the troupe tour? What San Antonio flood wiped them out? Did they get back on their feet and back to circus work? Do you recognize any people or the places they are working?

If you think you know the year or more details about the story in this video, please let us know by leaving your comments on the video page or using our TAMI Tagging system to give us a precise time code for your information. Click on TAMI Tagging and a box will appear for you to enter your descriptive information. Use the Mark Video Segment feature below the video player to add a Begin and End mark to the segment you wish to tag.  Finish by clicking the Tag button.  Because tags and comments are moderated, they will not appear immediately, but information will be updated as soon as possible after receiving your input.

Tell us what you see and check back next month as we continue the mystery video series! Remember, you can always help us to identify details by tagging or commenting on any video page.

Happy tagging and commenting!