Guy Oscar Blackburn


sepia tone photograph of a handsome young man in a trenchcoat and wearing a fedora
Guy Blackburn’s circus pitch card, Seal Bros. Circus, 1934
(photo credit: family photo collection posted on

Contributed by his second cousin, once removed,

Karen Hollingsworth Gardiner

Guy Oscar Blackburn was born in 1910 in Alabama City, Alabama. He ran away and joined the circus in 1926. By 1934, he was a featured aerialist and female impersonator with Seal Bros. Wild Animal Circus, which had its winter quarters in Fredonia, Kansas. Guy last trouped with Dailey Bros. Circus in 1949. He died in 1955 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.