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!

Friday, December 15, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS SHRINE CIRCUS 1961 #1

In spite of some of the mis-matched displays, this Hubert Castle produced show, is really a super powerhouse line up, I hope the program will blow up enough when you click on it to see the great acts that were there.



CUNEO'S WILD ANIMAL FANTASY w ELOISE BERCHTOLD
This is the act being dicussed so much on Buckles Blog at the moment.


DISPLAY #6
Appearing w Les Blue & Yvette, were Eric & Eric,(Adams, Sr. & Jr.), and in the center, Les Bon Trio,(Noble Trio's Roman Ladder Act w Frank Clark)


BOBO BARNETT
This act needs no introduction!!!!


THE WARD BEAM WHITE HORSE TROUPE
I had forgotten they were still using this name

16 Comments:

Anonymous rebecca said...

Bill, That is ELOISE,s picture, but I played that date. DR never had pictures taken of me. I said that before many times. Notice her name is not mentioned. There was such a ruckes about this act behind the scenes. JC was barred from the building by a peace bond Castle had against him. A copy of TEEM Mag will tell all that it was me working that act. CBS saw the artical and contacted me in HUGO that winter to be on TO TELL THE TRUTH. I was 19 years old.

12/16/2006 9:00 AM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

That was TEEN mag. Johnny Carson was on the panel of TO TELL the TRUTH as Donamici was doing another circus program special. Johnny Carson was the only one on the panel to guess I was the REAL EMPRESS LEOTA, His question was about elephants. My answer was the elephants with the smaller ears were used most in the circus. If I had known about what the future held with this blogging you can be sure I would have insisted pictures were taken.

12/16/2006 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

This is to Rebeca" I am sure many of us has lost many a time the oppertunity of somes great would be pictures, I am one of them'. Sometime no time to get to the camera, or no one to take it, worse, fiding out too late there was no film in the camera; What ever the reason it is sad but then we do have our memories, hopely for a long time yet.

12/16/2006 1:43 PM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

Look at the DATES. My birthday is February 24, 1942. That is something not easly forgotten. But then again you all know me!!

12/16/2006 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

My birthday is july,29,1934, up to this day I also can remember well those war time to the smallest details, but now tomorrow that's another question? ..ps. Rebecca ?? I have being ask that question. Me? well I dont think to many people nows me. that's O.K.

12/16/2006 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM BACK BILL...

HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR 2 SPRITE.
AT THE FLEA MARKET.

AND TEL THOES GIRLS.
TO KISS AND MAKE UP.
AND DONT FIGHT.... LOL LOL LOL.

12/16/2006 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Anoymous! whoom are you talking about?? I thought you allready kiss and make-up, don't forget I know who you are. Ninette

12/17/2006 3:22 AM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

Ninette, You are too kind. I never really cared about being reconnized as a person. It is my ability to work with animals that I am so proud of. I am honored to have ELOISE in the pictures of WILD ANIMAL FANTASY. She trained and made this act what it was. I have always tried to this day make her proud of my work. And it was and is very hard work. I just get pi%$ed when someone else tries to take credit for all her skills. She was one of a kind. This was ELOISES act. I am very proud to have learned from her, the best in and out of the ring.

12/17/2006 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Rebeca' It is allways great to be able to learn from the best in and out of the ring, not any one can do that', it is a honor to relate to some one that has done so; though some will never admit they did; but the ones that do. have all my respect and hat off. Ninette

12/17/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Yes' Rebecca, it is a tremendous hard work the training of animals especialy the wild ones, one can practice, and practice oneself to do anything one whant to do in the ring or above' ending making it to its best ability for one is controlling its own mind and body, but animals' whhoooaa' that is a BIG'BIG' difference and a 24 hrs deal, many in my family had lions, horses, and shimps and monkeys act. But me' I cannot even handle a small cokapoodle he' controls me. Ninette

12/17/2006 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FRANKLY MY DEAR.... I D'ONT GIVE A...
FLORIENNE.I LOVE YOU,
AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

12/17/2006 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 Things come to mind with this group of pictures - First: remember there were no one hour photos in those days so unless there were fans or professional photographers around there were not too many pictures of the small shows
Second: As much as I appreciate all you crazy people who worked carnivores, look at that gal riding a unicycle in heels - if you have ever caught a heel doing a dismount that impresses the he.. out of you. cc

12/17/2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

cc,
All of these pics are from the program, & were pretty small, thus the bad quality.
Can you imagine if we had had the technology available today, now my wife can take a picture in Sarasota with her cell phone & I can have it on my computer, published to the world in the matter of a couple minutes.

12/17/2006 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRAVO ...BRAVO ...BRAVO ...
24-HOUR-MAN. TELL THEM....
CANT COPAIRE.YESTERDAYS WITH TODAY'S.
TECT......

AND WAYTE ANS SEE TOMOROWS.?????

12/17/2006 7:48 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

cc,
I had to leave the "infernal machine", in the middle of responding to your comment.
Re: Second, I mean no disrespect to today's acts, there are a lot of very good ones out there, but I feel that we did take more risks back then, and did a lot of things the hard way. I just sold a photo of a double trapeze act with the "bearer" doing a back plange on the trapeze bar, with a neck loop holding his wife. The difference is when I see tricks like that now, the bearer is using hand-loops. Now I often stop & think, maybe they are smarter than we were, by not taking unecessary chances.
But we oldtimers still can't help but be proud because we did it the hard way.

12/17/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous henry edgar said...

something else that was much more important years ago was style, class, wardrobe and appearance. you didn't see acts doing three turns in the same costumes very often, performers kept themselves in better shape - you didn't see people 100 pounds overweight in spandex-- and they were aware of the fantasy. I know an 8 year old kid whose opinion of a recent "gorilla" act was destroyed because the "gorilla" was wearing tennis shoes. He knew it was a man in a gorilla suit but he was prepared to enjoy it anyway - until he saw the guy hadn't even bothered to put the feet on his costume. Details like that aren't that hard to correct, if people cared as much today as they did 20 years ago.

12/18/2006 4:46 AM  

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