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When David shared these photos with me last week I was absolutely in awe. I adore 40s + 50s fashion as many folks do— but I had no idea the spunk and creativity that went into vintage circus costumes, and they are indeed amazing, as are the photos, discovered on howtobearetronaut. Read on to see them all!

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Visit howtobearetronaut to gain access to fashion archives that’ll make your mouth water!

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    Dec 31, 2011, 02.51 PMby George4567

    This was a very special and fun article. I have really enjoyed reading all of this very cool and helpful information. This was really so great and fun to read. I work for a prints limited edition company but I love to read this site Stampa Stampa whenever I can. Thanks so much.

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    Nov 1, 2011, 02.10 PMby Jodi Wade

    I love the bunny rabbit costume!

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    Oct 27, 2011, 03.23 PMby silkandcyanide

    How to be a Retronaut is one of my favorite blogs! Full of vintage inspiration!

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    Oct 26, 2011, 05.01 PMby 6kidsathome

    they are awesome pictures, thanks for sharing

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    Oct 26, 2011, 03.50 PMby Ana Cepeda

    This is amazing!!!!!!!!!! I love it!

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    Oct 26, 2011, 10.28 AMby fifilina

    These are great! Thanks for linking the website, it’s pretty amazing.

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    Oct 25, 2011, 08.24 PMby AkaTsuki

    I love these pic!

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    Oct 25, 2011, 08.09 PMby peaches2218

    I love that she’s wearing flip-flop sandals in the 2nd-to-last photo. I guess some things never change ;)

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      Oct 26, 2011, 06.18 AMby kelseykay

      that made me laugh =]

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    Oct 25, 2011, 06.52 PMby vanessajp

    Lovely costumes but….Yikes! Clowns! Thanks for the nightmares I’ll be having later.

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    Oct 25, 2011, 09.31 AMby beastofcotton

    Inspiration for Halloween next year.

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    Oct 25, 2011, 03.01 AMby nouvellegamine

    these are marvelous! and everybody has great gams! ;D i think the lady with the crimson wings is my favorite, although blue bunny is a close second.

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    Oct 24, 2011, 11.56 PMby paulacorley

    I love them all!

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    Oct 24, 2011, 07.20 PMby fashionfreek

    I like the pic with the wings and the one with the bunny ears.:-)

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