This illustration is for the Notable Missourian book (Truman State University Press) on Ella Ewing. Ella was a giant hailing from Missouri. I'm not sure if calling someone a "giant" is politically correct, but it seems like one of those words that can't be used in a diminishing way. Well I guess when you use it as an adjective it definitely can be used to diminish. Like "Fred is a giant @#$&#%$". But! as noun its hard to imagine that it would be offensive. That said what do I know?!
Okay, forgive me that tangent. This illustration shows a young Ella and her parents visiting Chicago for the first time. Ella's parents were initially reluctant to accept any of the offers to "display" her at fairs or the circus, but the money was good and Ella thought it would be an opportunity to travel and meet new people. Her parents ultimately agreed so long as they could travel with her, no doubt to look out for her.