Dear Mr. Woodcock,
I am a circus lover and I research in the circus history of my country, perhaps I write a book someday....
Now I am looking for information about the elephant Bosco.
Bosco arrival at
Bosco was a very intelligent elephant (he performed in the ballet “Amor” in 1886 at the Milan opera theatre alla Scala) and remained some years in Argentine in the Frank Brown circus with a great popularity, after return to Germany and according to the Hagenbeck book “Beasts and Men” was sold to the US.
Once I have seen in your blog a picture of a elephant called Bosco, can be he himself?
If you have some data or pictures that can be useful for my research I will be remained very thankful.
You have a wonderful blog that I see every week, sometimes are included some ancient pictures of Argentine performers (the last was Yacopis…)
If you need everything of this far coin of the word, please lest me know.
I thank for your aid and I congratulate for your blog and excuse my English…!
PD: Richard Flint give me your e-mail…
Monday, June 30, 2008
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2008 01:17:00 PM
This is a relative of mine, Myron Orton, who clowned on the Ringling Show for many years up until they closed under canvas. His brother Gordon worked one of the show's liberty acts.
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2008 10:28:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2008 06:32:00 AM
The Johnny J. Jones Expo purchased the three Sun Bros. Circus elephants in 1919 "Alice", "Gyp" and "Sue" where they remained thru 1931, the year "Sue" died. The other two were sold to Ray Rogers, owner of Barnett Bros. Circus in 1932.
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2008 06:30:00 AM
"Mrs. Johnny J. Jones, widow of the late owner, has become president of the reorganized show company which is known as the Johnny J. Jones Exposition Inc. with two partners, J.L. Murray and Edward J. Madigan. J.L. Murray is general manager of the operating department for the corporation while Edward J. Madigan, for 18 years with the show, is vice president."
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2008 06:06:00 AM
Sunday, June 29, 2008
This was taken in our dining room this afternoon, after our lunch together in celebration of our day.
Posted by Buckles at 6/29/2008 05:53:00 PM
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Frank Curry filled in some of the blanks on this picture. He said it was taken in the 1920's by photographer Ralph R. Doubleday and identified the ladies as:
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2008 10:29:00 PM
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2008 06:27:00 AM
Friday, June 27, 2008
Bill Woodcock now in charge of the elephants and two of his recruits, Fred Logan from Biller Bros. Circus and George Williams from the Dailey Show after having trained seven young elephants the previous winter, "Jenny", "Kay", "Barbara", "Hattie" "Anna May", "Norma" and "Sally".
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2008 06:50:00 AM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The only dated picture in today's set, April of 1907.
Posted by Buckles at 6/26/2008 06:32:00 AM