Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Pictures of the little elephant we had on the Polack Show!

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Barbara's Niece, Lee Lee.

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Flower Girl at George and Lou Roselle's Wedding!

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Overcoat with Ear Muffs!

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.....on the Sullivan Show!

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I lifted these last pictures from a Magazine Publication.

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I might add that I named this elephant after the Concession Manager's wife, Stella Howell who during the Elephant Act, would place cookies or bread on the Picket Line in six neat piles.
I never had the Heart to tell her that on their return the lead elephant "Jean" would sweep it all down to her end and gobble it down alone.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#1 Polack Bros. Circus

.....quite a story behind this picture!

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I asked Mr. Stern "How about buying another Baby Elephant for the Show and this is what arrived via Louis Goebel!
One of the endless concoctions my wife had to brew up every day!
Mack and Peggy MacDonald had been on the Polack Show so long that our arrival wasn't received too well by some of the Old Guard with the exception of the Concession  Managers wife Stella Howell.
So I named the elephant after her.....that showed 'em!

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Affixing her Baby Bonnet for her entry while the band played "Everybody Loves A Baby!"
.....we had No Shame!

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While we were playing California we took "Stella" to Barbara's sisters' home (Billie) and of course the Press was alerted.

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One of Parley Baer's first publicity photos.

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Chic's Tub!

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....."Opal" did a good "Whirl"!

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I wasn't aware of any African Elephants ever having been presented in the ring in the U.S. so I asked Mr. Stern about it and got the usual answer, "Talk to Ross Paul!"
Here she is in training in the back yard in Ruskin, named her "Kenya".
On a parcel of Property Barbara's mother had purchased in Florida, a story for another day!

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At the Pomona Fair.

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"Kae", "Jean", "Anna May", "Millie" and "Opal".
"Kenya " and "Stella" up front.

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Chics' tubs!

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Annual appearance with "Opal" on the Sullivan Show, established long before we were there.

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Walking the elephants from their over night quarters in a nearby Garage to Chicago's Medinah Temple.

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.....the stage at Medinah Temple, we played here over a Month!

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Parley Baer handled the Publicity,"Stella", Barbara and Sam Ward in charge of Promotion.

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I don't remember the carpet!
.....I'll have to get her to comment on this.

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.....Flying Elephant?

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Showing off my latest addition to Bert Pettus.

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I think Chic and I took this turntable down to the Ringling Museum?

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....."Opal" did a great whirl!

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One day I asked, "Mister Stern, how about an African Elephant and he made the usual reply, "Talk to Ross Paul, he handles the money!"

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Treasure this picture, Jimmy Rossi from my Circus life and Duane Bowman from High School days in Hot Springs.
Taken when we were showing out West.