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,,,,firstname.lastname@example.org,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.
- Name: 24-HOUR-MAN
- 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!
Friday, November 30, 2007
ANNOUNCEMENT RE: EMAIL
FOR A YET TO BE DETERMINED REASON, I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ACCESS ANY OF OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES TO READ OR RESPOND TO ANY EMAILS!!!!
ALL I CAN SAY IS WE'RE WORKING ON IT!!!!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
FROM THE FRANK CLARK COLLECTION: ANGELITO
FLYING RINGS DISMOUNTS
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
IN MEMORY OF: JACQUELINE "JACKIE" OLIVER
From today's Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Jacqueline "Jackie" Oliver
Sept. 22, 1938 - Nov. 27, 2007
Jacqueline "Jackie" Oliver, 69, Sarasota, died Nov. 27, 2007.
Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel, handled arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Greg; a daughter; two sons; and two grandchildren.
She was born into the circus and performed as an aerialist with many circuses, including Ringling Brothers. She was a past member of Showfolks of Sarasota. She will be sorely missed by her many friends. Memorial donations may be made to Showfolks of Sarasota.
KELLY- MILLER CIRCUS: IS ALIVE & WELL
The header below is from a letterhead of the Al G. Kelly and Miller Bros. Circus' Twenty-fifth Anniversary Tour.
The comment below that by Jim Royals appeared on Buckles Blog, putting to rest rumors that the show would not reach what I calculate is it's 70th Birthday in 2008!!!!
Jim Royal said...
Rumors in this business never cease to amaze me. Who Starts them? Thanks to your blog, Buckles, I can put a stop to this one. Winterquarters is buzzing with activity, the route is being booked and John Ringling North II is the MAN.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
OVERNIGHT STOP: CAMPGROUND WALMART
FROM POLACK BROS. EARLY '60's: THE FREDONIAS
You can see how lucky we are to have video cameras now, once again please bear with us on the quality of some of these films, to begin with they are done by amatuer photographers, in bad lighting conditions, then transfered to video tapes then copied here.
This clip is from the Sherman Brothers Collection, & and how many times can we say, "Watch closely,etc".
Sunday, November 25, 2007
THE SUNDAY MOVIE: OPENING PRESENTATION
THE SUNDAY MOVIE: SHORT SUBJECT
THE SUNDAY MOVIE: FEATURE PRESENTATION
BUDDIES,,,,,,,,TO THE END
Saturday, November 24, 2007
THE SATURDAY MATINEE: OPENING FEATURE
THE SATURDAY MATINEE: SHORT SUBJECT
THE SATURDAY MATINEE: FEATURE PRESENTATION
TELEPHONE SNAPSHOTS FROM TRUDY
I know I said it before. They laughed at Dick Tracy's "Wrist Radio", now Trudy takes a picture with her telephone and in less than a minute I have it a thousand miles away. What a world!!!!
TRUDY WILSON STRONG
And the sequins, spangles, & stones are still sewed on one at a time!
PAM ROSAIRE ZOPPE and
One of her "Kids"!!!!
The costume proves that traditional still works.
I believe these are Elephant Act costumes.
TELEPHONE SNAPSHOTS # 2: BACK STAGE
TELEPHONE SNAPSHOTS #3: PAYING THE NUT!
Friday, November 23, 2007
FOR MARY GRAY FRASIER: GIL GRAY SPEC: 1961
DIDN'T YOU JUST LOVE DOIN' WINTER DATES
Parked in a parking lot that was too close to the building to drive, & too far to walk in freezing cold weather.
With no running water, & electricity so weak it barely handled one light bulb, or having the fuse blow out because someone was using an electric heater.
And how about the kerosene stove, you would turn on the kerosene, and forget it, then you had to sop up the excess kerosene with newspapers. Or if you lit it there were flames coming out of the chimney pipe.
This neighborhood looks familiar but I can't decide if it is Toronto, or Montreal. Toronto was usually in Oct., so it is more likely the latter.
WINTER DATES # 2
WINTER DATES # 3
Thursday, November 22, 2007
SNAPSHOT FROM BUCKLES: DAVE HOOVER
Dave was a fellow "Buckeye", I was from Springfield, & Dave from Middletown, which was one of our big High School football rivals, so we had a bit of fun over that.
Websters describes a Buckeye as a "worthless nut", but a truck driver told me over the CB once that a buckeye was a Kentuckian who didn't make all the way to Detroit to build automobiles.
HADI TEMPLE SHRINE CIRCUS 1999: BEARS & CHIMPS OH MY!!!!
HADI SHRINE TEMPLE, OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA SHOWS HOW TO BUILD A "3" RING CIRCUS,,,,YOU START WITH A "WHOLE" ARENA FLOOR
ADD LOTS OF ANIMALS LIKE, TIGERS, & ELEPHANTS & CAMELS, & LLAMAS, & ZEBRAS, & PONIES, & CHIMPANZEES, & BEARS, & DOGS
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK, AFTER THIS WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR, "THE GIBTOWN DIME'S STORE"
I'm kidding about the commercial, but I did just list this letterhead-flyer, & was a little intrigued with the piece in the center-fold by Roland Butler, so I thought I would share it. I also call your attention to the list of staff on the back. (If you click on each picture it will enlarge for reading.
RUSSELL BROS, PAN-PACIFIC RAILROAD CIRCUS
RINGS OF RAPTURE