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!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

LET'S SEE WHAT'S IN THE "DIME'S STORE" TODAY

When the advertising car arrived in town one of the advance men would go out with a push cart loaded with heralds, & couriers, to pass out all over town. A herald was a long lightweight paper about 11"x 28" printed with show ads on both sides, and a courier was the size of a newspaper, and was folded like one. Another form that I call a courier for lack of knowing what else to call them, is the size & style of a comic book, usually filled with very colorful illustration, depicting the acts, or actual photo of them.(see comment on this post)

They are,,,,like the great spectacles they represented,,,,a thing of the past.


RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY COMBINED CIRCUS 1933



They usually had the name of the particular town, the play date, & show times.

1 Comments:

Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

OKAY! Here is the word from a man who did it for a living, the books like the one pictured were "Couriers", the long sheets printed on both sides, were "Heralds", however there were also multi-page "Newspaper Heralds", & "Tabloid Heralds" which were the size the name implies.

1/01/2008 8:47 PM  

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