January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Posted by Buckles at 1/31/2009 06:30:00 PM
Friday, January 30, 2009
These were all taken in Providence RI in the early 70's, around noon, the animal parade was well advertised, and radio and tv personalities rode the elephants to the Providence Civic Center. also the back lot was very accessible to circus fans.
Posted by Buckles at 1/30/2009 05:44:00 AM
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Having only the Barnum & Bailey visits here I was wondering recently just what happened when animal numbers/conditions changed during a year. Alas, papers here never reported such things! For instance, Daisy the giraffe died on the way over & was not replaced so her cage was not needed, then part of 1898 poor old Nellie the lioness paraded separately with her latest "crop" of cubs. So, did menagerie flats always leave space in case? (we stuffed at least one tiger & elephant here!). The "limited" show, in 1899, had spare cages at Stoke-on-Trent winter quarters - but would Daisy's cage have been there in 1898? or carried out of the way through the 1898 season? Unlikely, but would Nellie & cubs have used it for the few weeks the show needed an extra cage for her & the cubs? I have my thoughts but your side of the 'pond' has the true experts who may well know the definitive answer (or, is there one?).
Posted by Buckles at 1/29/2009 11:32:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 1/29/2009 10:41:00 AM
Received 15 remarkable photos from Wayne Jackson, all appear to have been taken by professional photographers.
Posted by Buckles at 1/29/2009 06:17:00 AM
"Butch, baby female elephant in the Dailey Circus, being hoisted on shoulders of circus owner Ben Davenport. Butch weighs around 200 pounds."
Posted by Buckles at 1/29/2009 06:01:00 AM
Taken at a zoo 50 miles south of Bangkok,Thailand.
Posted by Buckles at 1/29/2009 05:39:00 AM
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This newspaper ad featuring Ursula is from the Blue Unit’s appearance in San Diego in 1980. Incidentally, those ticket prices in the ad, when converted to 2009 dollars would be $12.46, $15.08, $17.70 and $20.32 respectively. Considering how much show you got for your money back then and how much you get today, the Circus was definitely a better value 29 years ago.
Posted by Buckles at 1/28/2009 05:55:00 AM
When the Blue Unit was in San Diego in 1980, I was able to get Ursula to autograph her Zirkus Aeros poster. It almost didn't happen, however. Even though, as a bandsman, I had access to the backstage area, when I approached her dressing room door, I was suddenly overcome with apprehension and was afraid to knock. Fortunately, just then bandleader Ronnie Drumm walked by, and I got him to take it in for me. (I’ve always wondered what Ursula’s reaction was when this poster was unexpectedly presented to her to be signed.)
Posted by Buckles at 1/28/2009 05:52:00 AM