Thursday, December 08, 2016

Is it possible......

.....Shannon just had his 47th Birthday!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Uncommonly Fine Fellow!

Shannon has the computer up and running again!

Monday, December 05, 2016

#1 Bill Woodcock

William Woodcock at right posing at a Mug Joint in Hot Springs.

#2 Bill Woodcock

Destined to work elephants he is seen young tusker.

#3 Bill Woodcock

His first elephant job was working "Diamond" with Monroe Bros.
He told me that "Diamond" was no problem in those days since after walking from town to town he was more interested in finding a place to lie down and take a nap.

#4 Bill Woodcock

Russell Bros. Circus, my father and Aunt Nellie aboard "Virginia" later renamed "Big Burma" with Mills Bros. Circus.

#5 Bill Woodcock

My father with the John Robinson Military Elephants.
"Tillie", "Tony" "Pitt" (Petite) and "Clara".

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My mother and "Della" with Barnett Bros.

#7 Bill Woodcock

....my first recollections of life was about this time.

#8 Bill Woodcock

He often described himself as ".....a student of  Circus History, Elephantology and Side Show Oratory"

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Lee Powell and my father on the site of "Jumbo's" demise at St. Thomas, Ontario.

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My father with Paul Van Pool.
"Anna May", "Fanny" and "Lydia"

#11 Bill Woodcock

My father never encouraged me to get around elephants always saying, "Get out Front where the money is!".
Here he is with Jimmy Hamiter and me with my Side Show ticket apron.

#12 Bill Woodcock

.....with "Margaret" former Russell Bros. elephant.

#13 Family Pix

D.R. Miller ordered three small elephants from Trefflich to frame the Miller-Woodcock elephant act in 1952 however on arrival they discovered one had a crippled hind leg and was rejected and replaced with "Lydia" above whom my father said was the smallest elephant he had ever dealt with.

#14 Family Pix

In 1953 D.R. Miller Bank-Rolled my father and ordered three small elephants from Trefflich to frame the Miller-Woodcock elephant act but on delivery one of them had a crippled hind leg and was rejected and since they had a contract for a season with Siebrand Bros. Shows he borrowed "Anna May" and we never got around to returning her.

#15 Family Pix

First season was with Herb Walter Cole & Walters Circus.
My mother with "Norma", my father with "Anna May", "Fanny" and "Lydia" and Whitey Thorn with "Daisey", "Mabel" and "Jess".

#16 Family Pix

Funny story about "Charlie" he hung around the elephants and when the Fair ended he jumped into the truck so my Mother put him to work.

#17 Family Pix

Three elephant acts appearing at different venues at the Michigan State Fair.
Bill Woodcock, Slivers and Jo Madison, Jean and Terrell Jacobs.

#18 Family Pix

Col. Harry Thomas, Bill Woodcock, Harry Haag, Merle Evans and Buster Hayes.
Picture taken while playing the Orin Davenport Shrine Dates.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Back in Business!

Shannon spent about an hour last night getting my computer back in order!
I have never been in complete control, somehow my wife gets my incoming comments on her computer and chats away discussing such lewd occasions as the one seen above!
.....and on that subject I am told we are going to the Showfolks Circus next Saturday, I'll see if I can find my Circus Vargas T Shirt!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

#1 Circus World


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Still struggling with the computer.....
.....going back to bed!

#15 Circus World

...it's been so long ago I forget how they dismounted.

#16 Circus World

.....the notorious Globes Of Death costume!

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Dammit!

Shannon was just here on his way to work and we got so involved in Politics I forgot to tell him I was having computer problems.

#12 Big Apple

One year Big Apple had an Oriental theme and brought in a troupe from China.
Paul asked about adding one of the members to the elephant act so my wife taught this lady and she did an excellent job.

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Dalilah and "Toto".

#15 Big Apple

Bello.

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#17 Big Apple

Jeff Gordon.

#18 Big Apple