No matter how little it resembles the old Clyde Beatty Circus (and I saw it when I was a boy), the Cole Bros. layout is still attractive, especially on a grassy lot, like this shot in Willimantic, Connecticut, in June.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2007 03:35:00 PM
Hello to all -
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Monday, July 30, 2007
At the close of the disastrous 1938 season, Eddie and Jean both left the Cole Show and in fact were divorced. Jean seen here with Downie Bros. Circus in 1939 while by 1943 Mr. Allen was on the Ringling Show where he routined the elephants for "The Changing of the Guard" production number.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2007 06:12:00 AM
Arky Scott was in charge of the elephants when Miss Allen returned to the Cole Show where she remained thru 1944. It was around this time she realized that at her age, a change must be made and having a flair for concessions (being Jewish didn't hurt matters) she opted to join Dailey Bros. Circus in 1945.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2007 06:03:00 AM
Here with the Dailey Show in 1947 Miss Allen would sometimes be called to help with the elephants, even so far as to occasionally work one of the herds in the five ring elephant display.
In 1960 we worked our elephant act on the Texas Shrine dates unaware that in Houston, Jean Allen had a concession unit booked in the building. When asked in a newspaper interview how she learned to work with elephants she gave full credit to Miss Allen. Imagine Barbara's surprise when Jean appeared between shows thanking her for the kind words. I wish I might have had a tape recorder when the Dailey Show stories were being rehashed.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2007 05:54:00 AM
Sunday, July 29, 2007
These are the three Africans obtained by the Bronx zoo in 1946 from Gangala na Bodio, Belgian Congo. Two are cyclotis and the third a common bush elephant. This photo was taken in late 1946 or early 1947.
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2007 08:01:00 PM
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Saturday, July 28, 2007
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Milwaukee Circus Parade 1969. Circus World Museum elephants Topsy and Eva pull the #116 Air Calliope. That's Frankie Braun in charge, and yours truly, Jimmy Cole on the brakes. I recall some male ballet dancers escorting the wagon, who hit the sidewalks when the wagon stopped and the elephants let go with a river of p & s. Parade spectators who set up picnic blankets on the road had to make a rapid change of location as well. I also recall that we were issued black masks to wear in the parade. Somehow we "lost" them before the wagon ever got off the assembly grounds. Laura Herriott was out front riding American Anthem, she lost her mask too (with Mary Ruth's help).
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Comment from John Herriott:
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