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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Friday, January 18, 2008

R.B.B.B. 1925 #3: HERE COME THE CLOWNS

And you can bet there were many, many, more!

4 Comments:

Blogger Pat Cashin said...

Some of these pictures must be from earlier than the 1925 season because I would have thought that Felix Adler (top center) would have solidified the elements and proportions of his classic makeup before then.

1/18/2008 11:42 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

pat: on my site or yours, look at the Peter Arno program, at Felix, upper right, it seems to be a different make up yet.

Incidently, the Blinko picture Raphael sent is the one "cita de roma" told me was created by their artists.

1/18/2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

the 1942 Arno program!!!!

1/18/2008 12:23 PM  
Blogger Pat Cashin said...

That one I know the story behind...

In the 20s and 30s, they'd have some of the clowns put on different makeups to make it seem like the show travelled with more clowns.

There was one particular makeup that was worn by Felix Adler, Lou Jacobs and Gijon Polidor. These are from Felix's photo sessions in that makeup.

Lou's photos in that makeup didn't go far but Polidor's were used in the program and on the cover of the heralds.

As far as I know Felix only wore the makeup for that one photo session but the Ringling press department must have been so happy with them that they used the photos over and over again for the remainder of his career. It is this makeup that was immortalized in Felix's classic Bill Bradley poster that is used as a logo by the Felix Adler CFA tent in North Jersey.

~Pat

1/29/2008 9:06 AM  

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