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Mystery Video: September 2014

September’s Mystery Video comes from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s collection of Universal Newsreels. The original content sheet’s description of the newsreel reads, “A lad of nine trains a group of his canine pets to give a remarkable stunting exhibition. The young ringmaster proudly puts his charges through their paces as his pals watch.” Outside of that description, nothing is known about this small boy and his dog circus! We love seeing a pup walk the tightrope, but we want to know who this boy is! What was his inspiration for the dog circus? Did he continue a career in animal training? Did he receive any other attention for his show?

If you recognize the boy or know anything about his story, please let us know in the comments on the video page or by 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. Also be sure to check out last month’s Mystery Video -- we had a great response! Lots of new information has been added, so visit the video page to read the stories.

Happy tagging and commenting!