Fratellini Brothers

The Fratellini-Clowns at Scala music  hall in Berlin, Photograph, Around 1930 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Die Fratellini-Clowns im Scala Theater in Berlin, Photographie, Um 1930]

The Fratellini Brothers were a famous European circus family in the late 1900s and 1920s. An engagement at the Circus Medrano in Paris, France, after World War I was so successful that it sparked a strong resurgence of interest in the circus. By 1923, the Fratellini brothers had become the darlings of the Parisian intellectuals.

They were lauded in print and worshiped by adoring fans who would show up at the circus just in time for the Fratellini entree, which sometimes ran as long as forty-five minutes.

The Fratellini brothers were:


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