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This painting of a giraffe is from a vintage postcard from 1930-1945 depicting the winter quarters of the Ringling Circus. The giraffe was billed as “Ringling Bros’ $20,000.00 Animal Feature, Only Giraffe Known To Exist In The Entire World”.

In December 1926, Charles Ringling died and, in 1927, the Florida land boom collapsed. With the economic down turn, John Ringling made the decision that forever linked Ringling, circus, and Sarasota together: he moved the winter quarters to support the local economy. The Sarasota Herald proclaimed the event as the “most startling and important announcement ever made in the history of Sarasota.”

FLORIDA FACT: At Giraffe Ranch in Dade City, Florida, you get to experience first-hand the lives of giraffes and other species from around the world living under huge live oaks and open grasslands in a setting that is right out of Africa. Family-owned and operated for over 20 years.

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Paulie Nassart

Born and raised in New York City. Paulie was always fascinated with the art around him. Both in galleries and on the street. Paulie knew from a young age he needed to make art all day, he used this drive to create Nassart, which runs as his art brand. He wanted to make sure that the next generation would have more opportunities and he co-founded Off The Wall Graffiti; a 501c3 dedicated to helping underserved artists.

He is currently the Creative Director at Adobe Graffiti Lounge in the Village of the Arts and is the Vice President of the Artist Guild of Manatee. He lives by his mantra "If You Love It. Do It Every Day."

I love any opportunity to be a part of history. I loved the idea of capturing Iconic posters and images from Sarasota. It's been really cool to learn more about the local history.