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
Fate Merged with Floto Dog & Pony Show into the Sells Floto Circus

Sells Brothers Circus was started by Lewis Sells and Peter Sells in the United States.


It ran from 1862 to 1863 and again from 1871 to 1895. The circus was based out of Columbus, Ohio in area that was known as Sellsville. Sellsville was of considerable size, animals and staff lived in the area during the off seasons.<[1] It merged with the circus operated by Adam Forepaugh to form the Forepaugh-Sells Brothers' Circus in 1900.[2] It later merged with the Floto Dog & Pony Show into Sells Floto Circus.

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


  1. ^ "Sells Bros. Circus". Circus in America. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  2. ^ "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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