Strange KKK on a Ferris Wheel Photo.

A strange 1926 photo, from gnotalex's photostream at Flickr:

Members of Cañon City Klan No. 21 pose on and around the ferris wheel at the site of a carnival at 8th and Greenwood in Cañon City, Colorado. Klan members were invited by W. H. Forsythe, owner of the outfit and a klansman from Fort Collins, to don their gowns and pose for a group portrait. Houses and trees can be seen in the background. At left are a flying swings amusement ride and a ticket booth.

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Very true. The Klan's influence went considerably farther north, as my fellow Canucks might want to keep in mind. A 20's rally in Saskatchewan attracted some 100,000 spectators (remarkable considering the population at the time) and it had a considerable presence in other provinces.

I found the picture some weeks ago and published it on my blog here.
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You have to remember that back in the 20's, the Klan were not only popular, but socially acceptable. I scanned 1920s newspaper articles for a nearby central Pennsylvania town's library. The articles all were about this city's sesquicentennial. In the descriptions of the parades, I was somewhat shocked to hear that the Klu Klux Klan had an entry in the parade, along with other social clubs and fraternal societies. This is in the North, not the deep South. The times were indeed different. If the Klan could be prominently featured in a formal parade back then, this picture isn't that exceptional.
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