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sheet of new stamps. The real ones — stamps, that is — were on sale in the shade nearby for collectors of first-day-of-issue postmarks. For those with a taste for authenticity, all eight of the circus posters featured on the stamp sheet are in the collection at the Circus Museum in The Ringling complex on North Tamiami Trail. The real treat for circus fans was the reap- pearance of the Bell Wagon, the five-ton star of many circus parades, which has returned to Florida after a three-decade loan to the circus museum in Baraboo, WI. Sean Marren pulled the levers to ring the nine brass bells and peal out any number of songs before the suits and heels took the stage. One new stamp celebrates the Ringling Bros shows. Contributed image Sarasota News Leader May 9, 2014 Page 66

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