Boston Garden, 1960s, interesting shot of elephant in ring; RBBB always played indoors at Boston right after NYC—some years, they played 5 or 6 days, other times 10-12 days. Many years ago, while still in tents, RBBB used to slightly beef up program in NYC and Boston—I think Clyde Beatty—for instance—only played these spots for Ringling and some aerial thrill act would also be booked for indoors only.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2012 05:45:00 AM
Ethel Jennier (Joyce), 1964, RBBB—I never knew she worked seals on Ringling; of course her ex Walter was a famous seal trainer & daughter Joanne worked seals, too—when I worked with her and ex husband Jack on RBBB, she worked ponies and/or llamas I think and, at her age, still a believable-looking show girl!
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2012 05:31:00 AM
Rogana, 1969, Boston Garden—she returned in 1970 to the Garden as part of the 1970 100th Anniv. RBBB Blue show. No one ever looked better or could sell an act like she did—wonderful! I believe her and husband Frank Foster left RBBB after 1970 tour for indy dates, Circus Vargas, etc.; she started with sisters in a rolling globe act—later Cyril Mills created the props for her now famous sword balancing act which debuted 50 years ago!
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2012 05:29:00 AM
RBBB TV special taping 1983 St. Pete (St. Pete Times)—note added lights, audience positioned all on one side. Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard hosted. By the 1990s, the TV specials were over.
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2012 05:27:00 AM
The Zacchini Sisters, I never knew they existed--1958, Madison Sq. Garden. AP did a series of 8 shots of the act with accompanying long caption. Walter Patterson and his wife took over act on RBBB in early 60s(?) and a Zacchini (Emmanuel, Jr. aka “Lally”) act was back on RBBB in 1970—an accident in Jacksonville sidelined Lally’s wife.
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2012 05:20:00 AM
Monday, July 30, 2012
I can honestly say that I don't recall any elephant, African or Asian actually running away, maybe it's all in the eyes of the beholder.
As Rex Williams used to say, "It doesn't qualify as a runaway until it gets completely out of sight."
On the other hand, we kept the herd on an outdoor picket line the majority of the time, as seen above and one getting loose wasn't unusual at all, as the case of "Bonnie" who one night ventilated the small trailer in the background at right.
This set of pictures was taken by Bob Tomer May 28, 1976.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2012 06:54:00 AM
The front of the elephant barn was open to the public but the elephants spent their nights out in the sand, a lot better than sleeping on concrete and being only on a front leg chain allowed them to walk around.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2012 06:28:00 AM
This way I could be on hand if a problem arose and once I pulled that off, I managed to get a few more people in.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2012 06:18:00 AM
This picture brings me back to my senses, it's been four months since they started on Shannon's home next door and despite numerous inspections by County and State Officials, the FBI, NRA, EPA and the ACLU they still havn't been allowed to move in.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2012 06:07:00 AM
Sunday, July 29, 2012
From time to time, someone will mention the elephant domestication stations operated by the Belgian Government in the Congo, where African elephants were trained to do useful work. The September 1938 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has an article by Lawrence and Margaret Thaw, who stopped off at the elephant domestication station at Gangara na Bodio while on a trek through Africa to obtain photos and motion picture footage. At the time, the station had some 60 trained elephants available for purchase or for rent, and would capture and train 12 to 15 new animals a year. The Thaws arrived during the middle of the hunting season and got to go out on an expedition and film one of the captures.
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2012 05:52:00 AM
The expedition’s supplies and equipment were transported in heavy covered wagons pulled by teams of elephants. (These elephants appear to me to be smaller and a different breed from the big African elephants that were recently discussed on this blog.)
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2012 05:50:00 AM
After a herd was sighted and an elephant selected for capture, the herd was stampeded. In the confusion, a member of the team would move in and get a rope around the chosen elephant’s leg.
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2012 05:42:00 AM
The rope was then made fast to a tree. The gentleman on horseback is probably Captain Pierre Offermann, the Belgian Army officer who was in charge of the expedition the Thaws went out on. While filming this capture, the Thaws obtained footage of him galloping his horse in among the stampeding elephants. (Now THAT was a brave man and a well-trained horse!)
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2012 05:41:00 AM
With the new captive in tow, the expedition then returned to the station. (All of these images are frame enlargements from a 1-reel short subject released by Castle Films in the early 1940s under the title WILD ELEPHANT ROUNDUP.) It is my understanding that the Belgian Government’s elephant domestication stations have not been in operation for many years. If you have more information about them, your sharing it with the rest of us will be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2012 05:26:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2012 05:24:00 AM
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Capt this is Rip that is at Great Adventure. He is the only male out of 6 I had there. This photo was in Aug of 09 and I stand 6 foot..I would age him at 40 to 42 yrs old. He was the largest male I brought back. Richard the second largest was sent to Japan in the 80's I believe.. I am sure he has grown some since 09?
Posted by Buckles at 7/28/2012 05:56:00 AM
This wild pony swim is a big deal in coastal Virginia each summer
Posted by Buckles at 7/28/2012 05:39:00 AM