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Date of Work


Identification #

UAP 20849

Additional Information

Members of Phi Delta Theta perform "The Greatest Show on Earth" for the 1951 Flickertail Follies dressed as clowns and a circus band. A large circus poster and a large clown are in the background. Established by the Journalism Fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, as a campus talent and variety show, The Flickertail Follies entertained the city of Grand Forks from 1925-1962. The Follies were, however, suspended from 1931-1935 due to The Depression and from 1941-1945 for World War II. The Follies gained national attention in 1950 when it was featured in "Life Magazine". The show was dropped in 1962 but was revitalized for one year in 1982.


Flickertail Follies; Phi Delta Theta; Clown; Circus; Fraternity; Clowns; Circus; Greek letter societies; Talent shows; Entertainers; Costume; Theaters - Stage-setting and scenery

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

Sigma Chi Fraternity; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Alpha Chapter (University of North Dakota); University of North Dakota; Flickertail Follies (Theater group)