This is a photo of my dad Jack LeClair, he was always a white face clown.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
A very rare photo of a very famous clown that so many of us have worked with. I wonder if you would care to use it as a "Guess who this clown is?' The photo was taken with a box brownie camera in 1927 on the Downie Bros Circus. It was given to me by the girls from the Peler (not sure of the spelling). It was in their grandmothers album, I think her name was something like Leatha. She passed away at about 100. The girls removed this photo from one of the old albums she left. As you can see, they could not remove the photo tabs on one side that held the photo without destroying the photo. This the the family that Bob Snowden married into. I am sure you know them much better that I. I really feel this photo is a rare one. I spoke to Chic about it and he gave me your email address and how to send this. I told him who it was but he said he would not tell anyone. I loved him dearly and am sure you did too and respected him as just about one of the funniest clowns that the American circus ever saw.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
From Chris Berry:
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Monday, June 28, 2010
Hi Buckles and Barbara -
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I enjoyed seeing the photo of EMMA CAMPA posted a few days back. This shot, a hand-colored 8x10 in my collection sat unidentified for years. Only a couple of years back did someone finally give me the ID. I LOVE THIS PICTURE! Years ago, long-gone circus fan DOC CONLEY (from Park Ridge, IL) gave me several photographs, and on the back of a photo of him with Kitty Clark he scribbled "and my wife thinks I go to the circus for the elephants!" He should have seen this photo!
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2010 06:02:00 AM
I am re-mastering a bunch of old audio recordings to CD. All of which are available online through my new site - www.circustimevideo.com - This one in particular is a real gem: the 1959 KELLY-MILLER show, with Voss on the bandstand and COL. HARRY THOMAS at the microphone. The recording includes pre-show calliope concert segment, almost the entire performance (with announcements), the Wild West Concert announcement, and a chunk of the actual WW after show, as well.
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2010 06:01:00 AM
I've always loved this shot of the AGKM interior, shot by Orin C. King, of Topeka. I have reproduced this one inside the 1959 AGKM CD booklet.
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2010 05:58:00 AM
Since I'm in a KELLY-MILLER mode, here's a terrific shot of a street parade from almost fifty years ago. Gone are the days!
"I'm sure this is the "Circus Days" parade in Hugo giving D.R. a chance to show off his new animal semis. That's Whitey Thorn riding "Margaret"."
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This appears to be the the same truck as seen in the
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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
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