YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

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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, May 11, 2007

THE 1920'S

CLOWN ALLEY 1928
The back of this photo says Sells-Floto but all the records I find have Gil, Lil, & Dime on Downie Bros. 1928, & 1930, and Sells-Ploto in '29. Fifteen year old Dime is third from the left, & his Father Gil, is fifth from the left. I'm pretty sure the clown on the left, bown front is Jimmy Davidson.

DIME & LIL, 1920
In 1920 we find 7 year old Dime & his parents on the John Frances United Shows, Railroad Carnival

HELPIN OUT
I'm not sure just when little Gilbert Wilson picked up the nickname Dime, but as the story goes, everytime he got paid for helping out around the show he would take the money to the office & exchange it for dimes, pretty soon everyone started calling him "Dime", and it stuck the rest of his life.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Ninette said...

I have wonder at times where did the name of Dime' came about. I figured he pick-up that name for his clowning personality. it sure has became a very well know name for a very likeable person.

5/12/2007 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1920 the Wilsons found themselves on the John Francis United Shows. Like most kids he was given a nickle or penny by people on the show. Foe doing a chore or just because they liked him. No matter what coins he was given he would take them to the front office wagon and exchange them for a 10 cent piece.
Mrs. Francis ran the office and every time she would see young Gilbert coming she would say "Here comes Dimes again' The "s" was soon dropped as one person and then another picked it up.

Later Dad went to court and legaly changed his middle name from Earnest to Dime.

Can't figure out why in the world they called me Penny. LOL

5/12/2007 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Because a 'Penny' is the first in a million, and your personality is worth a million. I am sure alot of people share this thought with me.

5/12/2007 10:27 PM  

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