Friday, July 03, 2015

More to Ryan Easley


I happened to notice that my Circus World herd was omitted from the 1976 listing below.
Here is a page from the RBBB Book.
Rex Williams elephant "Reed" was disabled from severe Arthritis so I "strong-armed" him into Circus World for the summer while Rex worked his dates with his other elephants.

To Ryan Easley

On the back side:
Howard Johnson
1. India
2. Jenny
3. Kate
4. Dopey
5. Bashful

"Dopey"
I had a few that fit that description.
Buckles

From Vickie B. Rossi


Memorable photo of multi-talented clown and Cristiani loyalist, Billy McCabe, and one extremely jovial member of the Arabian tumbling family booked for the season. Note: Juggler/Clown and very dear friend Ron Henon in the background.

May I take this opportunity to wish your family and all circus fan bloggers a safe and happy July 4th holiday.

Vickie  

From Dennis Younger



Suzy or Suzie up close with me in 1976.

1970's #1

You will not see wardrobe or spec blankets like this again.

1970's #2


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1970's #5


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1970's #8


Thursday, July 02, 2015

From Dave Price


Our cemetery is also named Mt Olivet. A century and a half old and very few show people. 

Baraboo #1


Got a panic stricken call from Tommy Hanneford saying he was desperate for Press Photos for his Fall Dates.
Fortunately Jim Peterson was on hand to take these.

Baraboo #2


Baraboo #3


Baraboo #4


Baraboo #5


Bababoo #6

I don't think any of these were ever used, the background was too busy.
But it's a nice window to the past as they say.

Extra Stuff #1


I'll toss in a few more to fill out the Blog.
No idea who these people  are but it smacks of California. 

Extra Stuff #2


Extra Stuff #3


Taken right here. 
"George" was pretty impressive in those days as was my wife.

Extra Stuff #4


Me and Charlie Barnum.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mt. Olivet #1


Mt, Olivet #2


Mt. Olivet #3


40 years ago #1


It's been 40 years since Gary Jacobson came to me at Circus world and asked if he could have a few days off to visit his old Alma Mater that was showing up in Georgia at the time.
He returned with these pictures.

40 years ago #2


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40 years ago #15


And in conclusion......


.....if someone had told me back then that within my life time there would be no more elephants I would have said "Impossible!"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To Chic


Barbara and Rex working the "Pete & Norma Five".

To Chic


I think Steve's career was limited to King and Cristiani never was a trainer.
In fact I remember my father getting letters from him when the Christiani's got "Emma" asking how to lay out rigging to tip her over and sit her up.

Steve Fanning #1


Steve Fanning #2


Steve before he got into the elephant business as seen while married to my cousin Vera Orton.
I think they did a double trap act on Russell Bros. Circus.

Steve Fanning #3


Steve Fanning #4


Steve sent this to my father and wrote on the back:
"King Bros. Circus winter quarters 1951 Macon, Ga.
Alice, Mona, Christy, Carrie, Babe, Margie, Shirley, Mary, Maude, Norma, Bessie and Konti.

Steve Fanning #5


The year the show went to Alaska at right is Marion Cristiani, I remember her as such a nice lady.

Steve Fanning #6


"Mary", Maude", "Norma", "Bessie" and "Konti" former Dailey Show elephants.