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!

Monday, May 29, 2006

SNAPSHOTS: TWO GENERATIONS



Here are two photos of 2 generations of the Luvas Family, spanning over 60 years. The first is "Pete & Petrova", (Peter & Isabel), on The Gil Gray Circus, in 1963. The next photo is their daughter Tavana, at her retirement in Evansville, Ind. on the Paul Kay produced, Hadi Temple Shrine Circus in 2005.

7 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Lee said...

great friends and all great performers

5/30/2006 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting a picture of my folks. I was describing their act to someone the other day and realized that know one ever duplicted their act or even tried, espcially their finish trick- the double ankle catch.

Tavana Luvas

5/30/2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

All acts can be copied, but some can never be duplicated. The only thing I ever saw even remotely similar was a guy hanging by his hands on a trap bar, holding another trap, by ankle loops, with a girl doing a one foot on that bar. The name of the act was The 2 L. Barthons, I suspect the girl was Fritzie Bartoni. Ask your Grandmother if she knew, or knew of Fritzie, who later was understander in a Balancing Act, The Field Sisters. I will be posting photos of them one of these days.

5/30/2006 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I heard my grandmother speak of Fritzie Bartoni and my grandmother isn't big on giving compliments, but she said Fritzie Bartoni was a great performer.

Tavan Luvas

5/30/2006 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tavan how can i get a hold of you?

R&A the 24-hourman from C&M Circus

6/04/2006 1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please describe the the double ankle catch. It seems very intresting.

Tommy

4/12/2008 1:17 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

tommy:
picture trapeze ropes about three feet long with a trap bar on both ends, the cradle bearer hangs in hand loops with his legs bent up holding the top bar on the back of his legs close behind the knees. The bottom partner hangs by the knees on the bottom bar, on a signal they both straighten their legs, doing an ankle catch. It is dangerous, first because it is quick,(much faster than an ankle catch from a back balance or a sitting position), & the danger is double with two people.

4/12/2008 4:19 PM  

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