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, July 09, 2007

CIRCUS TRUNKS #3: SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

I sold this trunk on ebay last month, it was part of the equipment we acquired wnen we took possession of the Kimris Act in 1964, I used it for 18 years & it's hard to say how long Lee & Henri had it before that. A testimonial to both Taylor & Schuessler, the Goop can you see in the second picture contains a clown make up powder sack, this trunk was in storage in Ohio, from 1985, until 1999, & has spent the last seven years on the back porch here. We all know the toll the Florida climate can take on things, not to mention the insects, the powder in that can is as fresh as the last time it was used.



8 Comments:

Anonymous fatima said...

I noted the price on the theatrical trunk....$100?? that was a lot of money in those days..
In England, we used basket-type trunks...

7/10/2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger Pat Cashin said...

How much did you get for it?

~P

7/10/2007 11:48 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

It brought about $160, which was a bargain, it cost over $90 to ship it.

The best antique trunk to have value-wise is a Goyard, made in Paris, one recently sold on ebay for $6,300. Joanne has one I will list one of these days soon.

7/10/2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

fatima: considering their quality though they lasted a lifetime,,,,or two!

7/10/2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

One of the uses of this trunk during the Kimris era was carrying the fireworks, one would consider it a good idea. In 1967 we were playing in the LA Coliseum for Al Dobritch and I was preparing the fireworks for the night show, a friendly fireman informed me, that because of the galvanized covering, the trunk constituted a bomb. He said the safest way to carry them was in a cardboard box.
The same goes for comedy car acts who carry black powder in amunition boxes.

7/10/2007 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

We (The Therons) had some of those
wardrobe trunks,and they where incredible strong for all the traveling we did in trains at the time e.c.t. they never had any dents with all of the roughf handling they whent through, and then it came so handy when ever we needed a bed for the baby at hand, that whent on till my youngest child. Ho' how we loved those great trunks. I seen one not to long ago in the salvation army store I almost bouhgt it.

7/10/2007 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE...WERE.....A...LOT'S...OF...POKER...GAME...PLAYING...ON....TOP...OF...THOSE...TRUNK....

7/11/2007 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Roger Smith said...

Mabel Stark's only surviving trunk, which we have here, is a Schuessler. On the inside lid, Mabel posted 5 photos of her tiger acts, outlined with red thumbtacks.

7/14/2007 3:40 PM  

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