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!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

POSTERS: SPECIAL THEMES

AT TIMES THE SHOW'S POSTER WOULD EMPHASIZE THE THEME OF A PARTICULAR PRODUCTION NUMBER.

SUCH AS THIS PATRIOTIC THEME IN 1943






COMMENT FROM CHRIS BERRY,
In 1942 John Ringling North wanted something unique in the show so he asked George Balanchine to choreograph a ballet for the big show herd. Balanchine then asked Igor Stravinksy to write the music and the "circus polka" was born. Poster enthusiasts aren't wishy-washy about this design - they either love it or hate it. It may not be too "circusy" but the design by famed poster artist E. McKnight Kauffer and produced by the McCandlish Litho Co of Philadelphia is sought-after by collectors because of the many powerful names on it: Stravinsky, Balanchine, Kauffer and of course Ringling, Barnum & Bailey.

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