BARS #5 AERIAL BARS
Most aerial bar act riggings I see in old photos are 4 bars like the ones below.
FOUR BAR AERIAL BARS
This four bar act, on Ringling in the late '20's or early '30's is probably one of three.
THREE BAR AERIAL BAR ACTS:
THE LA BLONDES.
After an opening routine by the straight man, the next trick in most comedy aerial bar acts was the "strip shirt". This is Blondie LaBlonde, Xenia Ohio, 1953.
To stand on one bar & lean forward to the next bar, was naturally called a "lean", thus when the comic pretended to step to the other bar, then do the lean it became the "step-a-lean" This is Jim LaBlonde, Xenia, Ohio 1953.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.
This is yours truly, Detroit Shrine Circus, 1956
This is when you completely encircle the bar, mostly used to gain momentum for more dificult tricks from bar to bar.
Both of these clips were taken at Olympic Park in New Jersey, the first is one from the Pedro Morales' home movies, & the night show from Frank Clark's collection.
FIVE BAR AERIAL BARS:
THE PABLO RODRIGUEZ TROUPE
The first five bar act I saw was "The Ibarra Brothers", on Ringling, later when I first saw Pablo on Gil Gray it was a five bar ground bar act. Later after going to Europe he moved the act to the air, Paplo had done aerial bars before.