FROM NATASHA GERSON, THE NETHERLANDS #1
Natasha is in search of information on two subjects & thought some of you bloggers might be able to help.
MOTHER RIALTO'S GUEST HOUSE, GREENWOOD LAKE,NY
The interesting thing about this picture, this guesthouse belonged to Mary Prols(?) the grandmother of the world famous Tramp Clown, Joe Jackson Jr., he and his father before him were known for their Comedy Break-Away Bicycle Act. Mother Rialto's was in Greenwood Lake New York, and was where a lot of Euro artists stayed in the thirties and forties. I would like to know more about it and maybe it helps if you could put it on your blog!!!!
JOE JACKSON JR.
Note that his Perm. Add. is Greenwood Lake NY.
You can watch a two part video of Joe Jackson Jr's act, posted on Pat Cashin's CLOWN ALLEY.NET, Feb. 09/2007.
JOE JACKSON SR.
Joe Jackson Sr. (1873 – 1942) was born as Joseph Francis Jiranek in Vienna, Austria. He was Austrian cycling champion, and a member of a world champion bicycle polo team before he became an entertainer. He started with a serious bike riding act, and then developed it into a comedy break. Preferring intimate settings, Jackson worked almost exclusively in Vaudeville and European one-ring circuses. His act took him to England, the European Continent, Russia, Siberia, Turkey, and most of the United States. He encouraged his son to take over the act and it was performed by either father or son for over 100 years. Following a performance at New York's Roxy Theater, he took several curtain calls, and then died in the wings. He was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1994.
Photos & information on Joe Jackson Sr. & Jr. courtesy of Pat Cashin,(CLOWN ALLEY.NET), & his contributor, circusbutterflygirl!!!!