New in the public domain 2016

On January 1st, the copyright expired for some of our holdings: they are now in the public domain in Canada. Digital materials are no longer restricted to being viewed only at the Archives, but are available online to all. Here’s a quick look at some of the digital objects that have become easier to view and re-use.

8 clowns in a group pose

Publicity photo of Polack Bros. Circus 1965 clowns. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6027.

If you like clowns, we have several images of clowns that performed at the P.N.E. The Polack Bros. Circus shown above was a popular one-ring show usually sponsored by local Shriners organizations.

3 clowns and a dog

Kent Chastain, Joe Grega, Jim Douglass and Minnie the dog. Reference code: AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6028.

This is a close-up of some of the clowns in the first photograph, and includes the dog.

5 aerial acrobats hang perform on ropes

The Aerialovelies aerial acrobats in 1965. AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6026.

The Aerialovelies were a female aerialist troupe who performed with the Polack Bros. Circus. When originally formed, the troupe was trained and directed by Barbette, a famous and influential aerialist who performed in drag.

This is just a small selection of the items which have recently come into the public domain.

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