Sells Brothers Circus

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Sells Brothers Circus
Sells Brothers Circus (poster - ca. 1880).jpg
Founder(s)Lee Roy Sells and Drew Sells
FateMerged with Floto Dog & Pony Show into the Sells Floto Circus

Sells Brothers Circus was a circus that was started by Lewis Sells and Peter Sells in Columbus, Ohio, United States.


The circus, more formally known as the Sells Brothers' Quadruple Alliance, Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Circus, ran from 1862 to 1863 and again from 1871 to 1895. The circus was based out of Columbus, Ohio in an area that was known as Sellsville in Clinton Township along the Olentangy River near King Avenue.[1] Sellsville was of considerable size, and many animals and staff lived in the area during the off seasons.[2] It merged with the circus operated by Adam Forepaugh to form the Forepaugh-Sells Brothers' Circus in 1900.[3]

The 1901 silent film Day at the Circus by Edison Manufacturing Company features a parade and horse race from the circus.


  1. ^ Ferenchik, Mark. "Traveling Circus formed Heart of Sellsville Community". Dispatch. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  2. ^ "Sells Bros. Circus". Circus in America. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  3. ^ "Forepaugh-Sells Brothers' Circus". The Hartford Courant. May 9, 1900. Retrieved 2009-12-04. The combined Adam Forepaugh-Sells Brothers' Circus will be in Hartford next week Tuesday. ...

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