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Philippe Petit’s real-life walk between the twin towers | See full gallery

In 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit walked across a tightrope stretched between the World Trade Center’s twin towers. The 1,350-foot high walk was six years in the planning, and afterwards Petit was arrested and taken for a psychiatric evaluation. A film about the event, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt was released on Wednesday — but these photos of the original stunt are hard to beat.

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Women of the Edwardian Era circus and vaudeville, photographed by Frederick W. Glasier.

  1. Mademoiselle Scheel with Lions. 1905
  2. Charmion, Strong Woman. 1904
  3. Mademoiselle Octavia, Snake Charmer. 1901
  4. Gertrude Dewar, Mademoiselle Omega. 1908
  5. Nettie Carol. 1904
  6. Loie Fuller, Glorine, Butterfly Dancer. 1902

Here’s the full version of my painting Neon Gumbo, which mashes up our Electric Lady Number One with the transformation scene from Metropolis.

This is a part of my Watercolor Wednesday series.