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!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

QUASSAR'S QUIZ: HERE IS THE MARINELLI BEND DONE BY VARIOUS CONTORTIONISTS

The following is a page from the Oct./Nov. 1958 issue of "ACROBATICS", Official Journal Of The Association Of Acrobats.




RUDOLPH "PINKY" DELMONTE & THE MARINELLI BEND



FIELD SISTERS
The Field Sisters were a famous Balancing Act that started in the 1940's, the understander was former Trapeze Sensation Fritzie Bartoni.


UNKNOWN CHINESE CONTORTIONIST



PINKY DOING THE "LAYOVER" A VARIATION OF THE BEND
Notice the strain in the fingers, I would think this is a much more difficult trick.


THE FIELD SISTERS
These girls were coached & the act put together by Eugene Lambart Sr. father of Gene Lambart who most remember as a Booking Agent, in his youth he was also a great Hand Balancer.


ONE HAND VARIATION
This is also one of the Field Sisters


ABDUL, THE SECOND TYPE OF "LAYOVER"
Notice he doesn't seem to have the extreme bend in the midsection. He probably has fewer back problems too.


ANOTHER VARIATION BY PINKY


THE THREE YAGAANTSETSEG
I can just hear Cleo pronouncing that one!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!
These photos are INCREDIBLE!!!
(I can hardly balance on my two feet!)
:-)
Cindy Potter

7/17/2007 5:14 PM  
Anonymous unohoo said...

I recall this being called "a soft back handstand" Lum Wong did it very well. In apposed to Kinko, who was known as a "front bender"Harry Engford was also a fine "soft back" acrobat.

7/18/2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Pinky - Rudolph Del Monte up to now? Where's he living? any connection to the circus any more?

7/25/2007 4:36 PM  

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