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!

Monday, April 23, 2007

THE DAREDEVILS: #4

When the safety bicycle was introduced in the nineties audiences were treated to a number of neck-risking acts

STARR, THE SHOOTING STAR
The simplest was the straightaway speed act, as performed by Starr on the Forepaugh-Sells show in 1903. Starr raced down a ladder with enough speed to take him all the way around the hippodrome track.

MINTING
Minting, the ‘Australian Marvel” rode a unicycle on a 20-inch wide track to a height of 60-feet, & then rode back down. He was by Forepaugh-Sells in 1902 as the “Only Unicycle Ascensionist in the World”.

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