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, May 04, 2008

FOR johnny: ST LOUIS POLICE CIRCUS 1940

Hopefully you can enlarge the program side of this piece & read the lineup, "uuuunnnnbelievable"


2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim A. said...

What a show! Anyone recall the year the Great Peters died in St. Louis? I remember hearing from one of the Eriksons what it was like to perform as they brought him down.

As wild west show was a benefit for the Firemen. When the city picked up the pensions for the Police and Firemen the circus and rodeo faded away.

5/05/2008 9:35 PM  
Blogger Mike Naughton said...

Bill-
Kurt Schoeppner (Elkin Sisters/Darnells manager) was in an acro act called The Harlequins. There is a photo of this duo on the Elkins Sisters page on circuspace.com.

Do you think the Harlequin act mentioned in the above program could be the same? I haven't a clue.

Can you tell me anymore about the producers of this show, Fanchon and Marco?

Hope all is well -- congrats on Steven and the movie and his success in Hollywood.

I met well-known circus friend, Jeannie Hildreth over the weekend. She held up her hand to show me a whopper gold ring with 3 rubies and 6 diamonds, very impressive.

It was Poodles Hanneford's custom designed ring that she bought at a recent auction of Gracie Hanneford's estate in upstate New York.

What a beautiful ring and what a piece of circus history.

5/06/2008 12:50 AM  

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