While with 4-Paw, Craven is credited as being the first trainer in America to assemble groups of elephants performing pyramid type elephant acts.
Up until then only single acts were used and consequently circuses began judging it's importance by the size of their elephant herds.
He later became an animal importer, a man of means with a big ranch in Dallas and eventually died there Jan. 16, 1890.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Posted by Buckles at 10/25/2014 05:46:00 AM
Friday, October 24, 2014
The thing about Maria Rasputin is she was very much like her father. In fact, she was the only one of his many children to carry on the family name after it became something of an anathema in Russia. Reports of her life have varied wildly, but Maria Rasputin was one of a handful of women in the early 1900s who was comfortable living in infamy and who also maintained control of her own image.
Posted by Buckles at 10/24/2014 06:01:00 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
"Diamond", "Ruth" and "Tusko" 1930.
I remember this Los Angeles lot with the Mode O Day Building in the background from the 1940's with the Cole Show. I was a big kid at 12 and worked on concessions for a candy butcher named "Iowa" (Herbert Farrington). I put up, took down and worked the #2 menagerie concession stand then at night I made the final blow-off at the midway novelty stand for Francis "Zoot Suit" O'Connell "Zooty" for short.
Posted by Buckles at 10/23/2014 05:20:00 AM