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!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

ZENOBIA SHRINE & HAGENBECK-WALLACE # 9


THE BILLETTIS

3 Comments:

Anonymous larry allen dean said...

Those look like wooden poles !

3/05/2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Some big acts were lucky years ago, fairs would put up telephone poles for them. Palisades Park NJ used to make the stage bigger for Lee & Henri Kimris, & they had it in their contract for fairs that there be buried railroad ties(dead men), with cable slings on them to guy out to, no driving stakes.

When we inherited the act there were iron stakes 2" in dia. 5' long.

When we retired the outdoor rigging, Hans Winn bought the poles, & stakes, as far as I know they still use them!

3/05/2007 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen Billetti Warburton is a very active member of the CFA living in Washington State. I have a photo of the Billetti Troupe that I asked her to autograph at the CFA Convention in Bridgeport, CT some years back. Interestingly enough, Helen said she never learned to actually walk on the wire, instead she was always on someone's shoulders or on top of the shoulder bar! Helen will be at the CFA Convention this May 2007 in Hershey, PA and she is MOST approachable. She loves to reminisce about the "old days" and she has been with it and for it for many decades!!!

Neil Cockerline

4/17/2007 3:46 PM  

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