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!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

SNAPSHOT:BERTHA NONNENMACHER # 1




If you've seen pictures I have posted of the Hamid-Morton Aerial Ballet, you'll see that Bertha was one of them, however she was not just another "web girl", she had been on the show before as one of the girls in the High Act, "Peaches Sky Review", which had as many as 12 girls in the air on one rigging. Bertha then worked in The Wallenda Productions, before becoming a member of the famed Wilfred Mae Trio Hoop Juggling Act seen here with Wilfred Jr. who retired. That is Bertha on the left in the composite picture. I'm not sure if the top picture is actually Peaches' act but is a good example.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Lee said...

Hi Bill, Wasn't Vickey Hanneford part of the "Peaches troop" before she was Vickey Hanneford? They were from Georgia hence the name Peaches sky review. Seems I remember Cathy telling me that story.....

8/29/2006 7:00 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I don't know about the Georgia thing, but yes, Vicky was one of the girls, Trudy says the picture is right but when she saw it there were only 6 girls. She remembers them doing kicks on the platform above the trap bars.

8/29/2006 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Bill,
Peaches and Simmi were great people, I met them when I was a kid in West Virginia growing up. They were there many times with the Tom Packs Show. Later forming their own act the "Simru Duo" ballroom dancing 100 feet in the air, on a 4ft plexiglass platform.
Alot of work just to set up, well you know all about that. thanks for the memories
Dale

9/06/2006 8:48 AM  

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