Friday, November 24, 2017

#1 Elephant Ladies!

Adele Nelson Elephants presented by Louis E. Reed.

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The elephant would walk ahead and tip the board forward leaving enough space for Miss Adele Nelson to stand in front then take one take one big step backward!

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Clarkonians!

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Mayme Ward at right!

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Cole Bros. Circus!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

#1 Bailey Bros. Circus

Quite a disclaimer! ....."Does Not Misrepresent!"
....."and if you don't believe me!....."ask Mr. Bailey!"

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There were two circus owners named Bob Stevens, "Big Bob" and "Little Bob"!
No doubt as to which one this is.

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Paul Binder never placed my name on the side of a truck!

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Peggy and Mac MacDonald.

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A visit from Charlie Doelker and Burt Pettus!
.....love those headpieces!

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The original act had four elephants, an odd number for the cross mounts.
Years later while owned by the Cristiani Family a fifth was added and named for the Matriarch of the family "Emma".

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The Show wintered near Hot Springs while I was in High School and I made a few visits.
Only people I recognize here are Sid Stevens at left "Big Bobs' Brother" and at right Bill Woodcock, Ted Milligan and Whitey Thorn!

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Sarah Woodcock with "Carrie" and "Christy".

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A visit from Spencer Huntley.

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.....my Mother practicing the "Cross Cover!".

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I believe this was the first time this was ever done, simply because no one thought of mounting it on a track.
In practice, my Father would sing "Roll A!, Bowl A!, Ball...A Penny A Pitch!