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: #5

PRODIGIOUS PORTHOS
The picture above shows “Prodigious Porthos” in his 50-foot flight,( 5-feet shorter than Mlle. D’Zizi, & without the elephants), from one ramp to another. This was on Forepaugh-Sells in 1904.


DIAVOLO LOOP THE LOOP
More sensational was the Loop the Loop as performed by Diavlo, also in 1904, he was one of the first to do this dangerous stunt, speeding down a long incline into a 360 degree Loop at great speed. Casualties were high among Loop the Loopers.

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