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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Location: GIBSONTON, FLORIDA, United States

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!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

RALPH-BARABOO: YOU AXED FOR IT, FROM PENNY

Penny sent me this after Ralph's comment & I was sort of looking for a place for it, & since "unohoo" also brought it up, here they are, "The Cycling Whiz Kids".(1954, or '55)

16 Comments:

Anonymous Wade Burck said...

That young fellow look's real cute and cuddly. I wonder who he grew up into. Wade Burck

10/02/2007 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't tell who is who, but his mouth is open. Is that a clue?? cc

10/02/2007 12:33 PM  
Anonymous M.L. said...

The open-mouth one is indeed the clue. LOL

10/02/2007 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Wade Burck said...

That's odd. I thought cuddly would be the give away. Wade Burck

10/02/2007 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

must be trick photograghy.. Was he really that thin??? Mr. Lee

10/02/2007 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Wade Burck said...

I've been told his mother only fed him whole milk and mozzarella cheeze. Wise old girl must have known those leg bone's would have to support 100 lb. ham's someday. Wade Burck

10/02/2007 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Bill for finding the photo, looks like it also brought some other thoughts from the rest of the "old" crowd, called him on the road and it's really bothering him that he has to wait to see which shot of him someone found. Driving between lots can be hell.
Ralph - Baraboo

10/02/2007 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Wade Burck said...

I know it's making him nut's, Ralph. Wade Burck

10/03/2007 8:41 AM  
Anonymous James C. Hall said...

Good young grasshopper. That is I with my mouth open and Lee, if you'll take note, I was sporting a style of shoe that one was required to bend over and tie. Those damn white shoes! We got in a lot of trouble if they got a scuff on them before the act. The organist should be banging out the tune, " Army air Corp ". Starting from the tallest, would be Ervin, Carmen and the self proclaimed genius, Jimmy Hall.

10/03/2007 12:46 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I'll tell you about scuffs. I saw a very good contortion act on a circus in Sarasota, but when the guy did his first handstand I saw the bottoms of the feet of his tights were coal black, it turned me off on the whole act.

10/03/2007 1:16 PM  
Anonymous James C. Hall said...

The truth be known, Ervin was in Giunnis Book for being the youngest Uni rider at two years of age however,around the time of this photo, Erv was the best on the bike. Carmen you could not knock of the dam thing,I could about match Erv,trick wise but he could surely out ride me.Yes it is time to mention Nini or Jeannine or Jean?
not shown in this photo, About all that dummy could do was ride 20 feet and fall off the Uni Back then and every time I would hear the tune "Pretty Baby ",which was played on her entrance, I'd get the urge to kick her. The fact she was only 18 months old at the time didn't matter to the rest of us. We had to do all the work.I still feel it was a definite grounds for a work grievance. However Nini was the youngest of the Hall tribe to ride professionally and that is the truth.

10/03/2007 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy oh boy, isn't this more fun than a therapists couch?? cc

10/03/2007 8:32 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

A note to "anonymous",(not you cc):
I do not usually have "comment moderator" activated so comments go directly to the blog without screening. The reason I deleted your comment was because I really do not want to see a new version of "Family Feud", start on my blog.

10/04/2007 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely understand. I had believed that you screened all comments. For my part, it will not happen again.

10/04/2007 2:51 PM  
Anonymous James C.Hall said...

My oh my, have I misbehaved Bill?
FROM THE

" Self proclaimed Genius"

Also known as

"The incomparable or the incompetent"

James C.Hall

10/04/2007 10:31 PM  
Anonymous James C.Hall said...

I would like to take this chance to revoke my earlier statement to a family member by making a statement without thought in regards to the youngest of the Halls to perform in the unicycle act.I am ashamed to say that a fact has slipped my mind or to appear callus for not remembering, but there was a member of our troup who rode the unicycle that was younger than the four of us mentioned earlier. She rode a unicycle at eight months of age. I feel bad as not to have remembered her. She was with our family for much too short a time. She was only three years old when she left us. I now try to think what she would have been like as an adult. I now remember my father telling me she rode as well as any of us on the unicycle. Her name was Susie. I feel she will always be missed by us all.

P.S. I forgot to mention that Susie was my dad's chimpanzee. After being in our act a short time, she joined another chimp act.

10/09/2007 3:23 PM  

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