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,,,,firstname.lastname@example.org,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.
- Name: 24-HOUR-MAN
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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, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
RONALD McDONALD CIRCUS 1982
SNAPSHOT: THE KRISTENSENS, LILY & SVEND 1980
THE GARY MOORE TV AWARDS
Here's another one from Eva Williams. I remember when Gary Moore did the TV Awards Show in Sarasota, but I don't remember when he did it,(that doesn't make sense), maybe someone out there can come up with a year. The people in this photo I recognize are, Harold Alzana, Eva Williams, Jose Palacio, Gary Moore. Struppi Hanneford, & Karla Wallenda.
SNAPSHOT: GIL GRAY CIRCUS AERIAL BALLET 1961
Someone asked once what sort of rigging Gil Gray had for The Aerial Ballet outdoors, well here it finally is, it consisted of six sets of 30' uprights not all visible here, and a seventh rigging in the center belonging to the feature act. Webs & or ladders were hung inside of, & between the the uprights, except none were attatched to the feature rigging. This year,(1961) there were three acts, Trudy worked Single Trapeze in the center, and was flanked on each side by webs, and Head Balancing Traps done by Oreste, & Peppo Canestrelli. The theme was "Deep Purple".
SNAPSHOT: GIL GRAY CIRCUS EARLY 1963
SNAPSHOT:GIL GRAY CIRCUS 1950's
This is Shelby (Jack) Jackson, and this snapshot could be any where from the mid to late'50's. I know I had a chance to go on the Gray Show in '55, and work Aerial Bars with Shelby & Pablo Rodriguez, instead I went to Pollack Eastern for Harold Voise, which proved to be a mistake.This particular trick starts with the guy sitting in a chair with his feet propped up, reading a newspaper, one of the other membersof the act pulls the chair out and the result is what you see here.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
SNAPSHOT: GIL GRAY CIRCUS
Here's another one of those Plunketts, Cleo was Ringmaster with the Gray Show till it went off the road, I remember him throwing a bucket of water at one of the clowns during the Fire House Gag, man did he pay dearly for that. Gil Gray looked out on the field one show and saw Cleo being chased by the whole clown alley, each with a bucket of water. After the Gray Show, he went to Hubert Castle.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
THE FLYING ZACCHINIS 1948 or 1951
THE FLYING ZACCHINIS #2
In the top photo we see Duina executing a Seat Roll, it seems to me to be harder than it looks because the flyer, sitting on the fly bar revolves backward at the the last minute losing sight of the catcher.
In the bottom photo is a very impressive Half Turn, great height, & position, just hanging there waiting for the bar.
THE FLYING ZACCHINIS #3
I heard an announcer introduce this trick as, "The ever dangerous & difficult Passing Leap, two flyers passing in mid-air, simultaneously at the same time"! The amazing thing to me is no matter how many times audiences have seen this done, it never fails to bring gasps. Here is Eddie doing a forward somersault over his sister Duina.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
LONG AGO ON A FARAWAY PLANET
ESCAPE TO SAFETY
Monday, July 24, 2006
KRONE KORNER: SUZANNE CHIPPERFIELD & JANA MANDAN
KRONE KORNER: MIXED ANIMAL ACT
KRONE KORNER: SYLVIA SCHICKLER
KRONE KORNER: EXTRA! EXTRA!
SNAPSHOT: JOHN HERRIOTT
SNAPSHOT: HOXIE BROS 1970
Sunday, July 23, 2006
MEMORIES: HOXIE BROS. CIRCUS 1968
Here's a pair! Hoxie Tucker & Dime Wilson, when Dime first went on Hoxie Bros. he noticed there was no Color Book Pitch, he asked Tucker why & he said he didn't want to take the butchers off their regular items for it. Dime said how about I do it and split with you, Tucker said, go ahead if you want but you don't have to give me anything. After watching Dime sell books for a couple days, and seeing how they sell, he came to Dime and said,"Say Dime, about those Coloring Books"! Tucker was another one of my favorite people, even if he didn't like my rain dance.
QUASSAR'S QUIZ: TWO CHANCES AT THIS ONE
SNAPSHOT: CLYDE BEATTY-COLE BROS. CIRCUS
Saturday, July 22, 2006
A CLASS ACT: THE GEORGIANS #1
A CLASS ACT: THE GEORGIANS #2
After a great trapeze routine by Vicky on the shoulder perch, George would go to the back of the ring get the Bullwhip and roll a globe to the center of the ring, a crack of the whip and the globe would open, & out would come Kay Francis, or later on Dianne. The finish trick was a double revolve by the two girls. I don't care how corny it sounds, "they just don't make 'em like that any more"!!!!
Friday, July 21, 2006
SNAPSHOTS: FROM EVA WILLIAMS #1
This is a great shot of the Coronas High Wire Act on the stage at Kennywood Park in 1957, this had to be one of the most extraordinary settings for Aerial Acts in the country. I for one miss the parks as they were in those days, much more intimate, and much more comfortable.
Next is a family portrait with Eva, her Father, her Mother holding George, Jana, & Mathias, in front is Charles kneeling beside Serge, also on the Kennywood stage.
SNAPSHOTS: FROM EVA WILLIAMS #2
BEATTY-COLE BLOWDOWN 1964
Thursday, July 20, 2006
ROLLA MO. BLOWDOWN #1
I'm going to do a little copy-cattin here, since the subject of blowdowns has come up, I've never been in a big one but this was enough for me.
When we arrived on the Ozark Jubilee lot, we discovered the tent they had for the Tiger Act was the kind they use over the office wagons on a carnival. It was 13' high & the stakes were driven 3' out from the bottom of the poles. We convinced them that at least move the the stakes out, we had lots of help so we unloaded the Tigers, took care of them, and went ahead & set the arena. We were getting ready to line up the cages when the wind came and you can see the results here.
ROLLA MO. BLOWDOWN #2
ROLLA MO. BLOWDOWN #3
ROLLA MO. BLOWDOWN #4
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
AMENDMENT: TOGARE BERTRAM MILLS 1935
I wish I had remembered having this in my files, I would have sent it to Buckles when I saw the "Bare Chested Animal Trainers", it would have fit in. So, if we can manage to get a 2/3 Majority Vote from the House & Senate , get by without a Veto, and then get it through the Supreme Court, here is an Amendment to that Post.
SNAPSHOTS: LOS ARGENTINAS
SNAPSHOT:RONALD McDONALD CIRCUS 1982
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
GIL GRAY SPEC 1960 HAPPY HOLIDAYS #1
The spec on the Gil Gray Circus in 1960 was "Happy Holidays" with each float representing a different Holiday, which the show carried on two semi trailers, Karli Peterson's Stock Dept. was responsible for loading & unloading the floats, as well as getting them ready for spec. This first photo is Gene Randow & bicyclist Richard Sidney sitting on the St Patrick's Float, discussing what's wrong with the circus business. I guess we really didn't know how good it was!!!!