YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

BARS #4: GROUND BARS

PULL UP RIGGINGS:
This was the term we used for riggings that had steel pipe supports & were held up by guy wires & pulley blocks.


THE THREE WILLARDS
I am not familiar with this act.

DICK HERDINK
I'm not sure which one is Dick, or the names of the other members of the act.
I met Dick later in his career when he had a portable rigging equipped with electric motors, when the act was over it would fold up & roll off the stage by it's self.,,,,Is anyone out there familiar with the line,"More Resin"????


PORTABLE RIGGINGS:
These riggings were quite handy, & necessary, in places where there was no way to use guy lines.


THE LA BLONDE TRIO
The extra pole in front was used to rotate vertically while holding by one hand.


JOHNSON & OWENS
This was a very good Bar Act that spent many years on the Orrin Davenport Show, here Owens is seen doing a feet first "Shoot Over".

SHELBY "JACK" JACKSON
I believe this is on Hoxie Bros.


NOVELTY BAR ACT RIGGINGS:

THE HANELS
Here you see a single horizontal bar with a cradle, making it a Casting Act.

THE SILAGHI TROUPEThis photo is from William Wilson's presentation of Hagenbeck's Wonder Circus, in Isslington, England, 1936,(Courtesy of Buckles' Blog). It shows a rigging similar to Hanel's, however the cables on the left side of the horizontal bar go straight out, leading me to believe there is more than one bar. It is described in the program as a "Comedy Bar Act", & the dwarf in the catchers's hands is named Papp.


VASSELI STOLLIAOV
Trudy & I worked on a show in Holland with this act and I asked them if they were related to a similar act that appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show years ago. They said they were not, they saw a movie of the original act, & framed one like it.

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