Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Al G. Barnes Circus 1933/ Big Top

This is the standard size big top for a 30 car railroad show, called a 150 with three 50's whch means it is 150' across and the center poles are 50' apart making the tent 300' long and 150' wide and designed to seat about 4,000 people comfortably 5,000 uncomfortably.
This is the back side of the tent, the other side would be the "back yard" or the area where the dressing rooms were located and performers entered. The small tent is where canvasmen spent the day, they were issued "crumb boxes" in which to keep all their earthly possessions and the boss canvasman would set up residence in the "stake & chain" wagon which he used as an office.