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, March 23, 2007

HUBERT CASTLE CIRCUS AT THE CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION IN TORONTO, 1970

This is the first of two years that Trudy & I worked this date & being 36+ years ago some of the names of acts, & which year they were there is pretty much lost. The year is stamped on the back of each picture so I know those are right.

PERCH & WIRE ACT DISPLAY
A stab in the dark at the Perch Act in Ring #1,(Peter Luvas with Tepa & Tavana); Ring #2,(could be The Dam Brothers?), Ring #3,(Unknown); Center Ring,Anita Vargas); Ring #5(Dos Santos); Rings #6 & 7,(Unknown)

If you look closely you may be able to see, behind the Wheel is George Bruno's Break-Away Pole set up in the middle of the back grandstand.


AERIAL NUMBER
Left to Right, The Pharoahs,(Cradle Act); Johnny Luxem,(Wheel); Tibi & Eva,(Cradle Act); The Platos(behind)(Cradle Act); Gala Shawn,(Head Balancing Trapeze); Pete & Petrova,(Cradle Act); & Oscar Macias,?,(Cloud Swing).( The Pharoahs, & The Platos got put on the back track because their riggings were higher than the others)!!!!

ELEPHANT DISPLAY
In Ring #2 are The Hubert Castle Elephants, with Bert Pettus & Sandy; in the Center Ring are The Diano Elephants, with Lee Keener; Ring #6 is Walt, & Barbara King.

It looks like Pat Anthony's Barrel at the far right, possibly only 3 Cage Acts that year

2 Comments:

Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

"only three cage acts ?"" Holy Fright , what a circus that must have been---UNBELIVEABLE !!How long would those shows last ?? 2 - 3 hours ??WOW

3/24/2007 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...7...RING'S...PLUS...4...STAGE..
YOU...WONT .....SEE.....THAT....
AGAIN...
THOE'S WERE THE GOOD DAY.....
MY FIENDS....

3/24/2007 7:22 PM  

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