YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

HOWDY, MY NAME IS BILL STRONG, I'LL BE YOUR "24 HOUR MAN", ROUTING YOU INTO THE PAST TO SEE WHAT THE CIRCUS WAS IN DAYS GONE BY. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, AND MISS WHAT IT USED TO BE, THEN COME ON ALONG AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD FOLLOWING THE ARROWS BACKWARDS, TO "YESTERDAY'S TOWNS"! IF YOU HAVE CIRCUS RELATED PICTURES YOU WOULD LIKE POSTED, SEND THEM TO,,,,yesterday1@verizon.net,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

FRANK PHILLIPS


While we're here on Downie Bros. in 1928, here is a nice shot of Elephant Trainer Frank Phillips. The other guy used to play for The House of David baseball team, but he kept tripping over his beard when running the bases, at first he rigged up a bicycle similar to this rig, but they said you can't ride a bike around the bases. So after being released he joined Downie Bros. Circus, but they said you can't "ride" a bike in a Clown "walk" around, so he came up with this. And, if you believe that story, I know where you buy a bridge real cheap.

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