Although there isn't a clown or a wild animal to be seen on any of these posters from 1918, what boy or girl wouldn't want to see "In Days of Old"? - the spectacle that was presented by Ringling Bros the last season before it combined with Barnum & Bailey. This series of lithographs do exactly as intended - whetting the appetite of the kids and adults who would be buying tickets to the show, just about two weeks after these posters first appeared in a store window.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Posted by Buckles at 11/30/2012 06:17:00 AM
Several striking lithographs were produced by Strobridge to promote the spectacle "In Days of Old" which was a feature on the Ringling Bros Circus of 1918. All of these posters are probably a fair representation of what circus goers saw both in the street parade, and as the spec passed by on around the Hippodrome.
Posted by Buckles at 11/30/2012 06:13:00 AM
When these posters were produced just prior to the "Roaring 20s", women's apparel was still quite modest - and to see the legs of dancers such as those appearing in the spec "In Days of Old" was scandalous in some locales. During this period over 1200 workers traveled with both the Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros circuses, and hundreds of them - including canvasmen and roustabouts - appeared in the "spec" as extras.
Posted by Buckles at 11/30/2012 06:11:00 AM
"In Days of Old" was the last spectacle presented by the Ringling Bros Circus prior to its merger with Barnum & Bailey in 1919. Like others of the era it was directed by Charles Ringling. It consisted of five acts and was the opening display during the 1918 season.(Horizontal lithographs from the Tibbals Digital Collection at the Ringling Museum of the American Circus)
Posted by Buckles at 11/30/2012 06:08:00 AM
A friend sent this image to me & I cleaned it up.
Don't know if it's something you may have.
"I've not seen this before.
Military Elephant numbers were popular during WW1 with both circuses and Vaudeville.
The gentleman being carried off the battlefield, is no doubt Harry Mooney, while Ms DuMont is unknown to me."
Posted by Buckles at 11/30/2012 06:02:00 AM
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A celebration of Lucy Loyal’s life will be held on Saturday December 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the VFW post in Hugo, OK. Lucy left instructions that should such an event take place, it was to be one filled with food, good jackpotting and lots of laughs. Her family intends to follow her wishes to the letter.
If anyone needs directions they can call us at the Kelly Miller office: 580 326 8345.
Posted by Buckles at 11/28/2012 12:17:00 PM
Posted by Buckles at 11/28/2012 06:20:00 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
November 28th will mark the 70 anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston. The club, a former speakeasy, was Boston’s premier nightspot in the 1930s and 1940s. On the night of the fire, more than a thousand people were crammed into a space rated for 460 people. Decorated in a South Seas tropical motif, the interior of the club was decorated with palm trees made of flammable paper, flammable furniture and other flimsy decorations. To prevent customers from leaving without paying, some of the exits were locked, concealed with draperies and even bricked up.
Posted by Buckles at 11/27/2012 06:08:00 AM
The fire started about 10:15 p.m. in the downstairs Melody Lounge. Despite waiters efforts to douse the flames, it spread quickly, igniting decorations on the walls and ceilings. Most patrons attempted to exit through the main entrance, a single revolving door, quickly rendering it useless. (Firefighters later had to dismantle it to enter.)
Posted by Buckles at 11/27/2012 06:02:00 AM
492 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured. It was the second worst single-building fire in American history. Among the dead was movie cowboy Charles Buck Jones, who had also performed with wild west shows and circuses and who had taken out his own wild west show in 1929.
Posted by Buckles at 11/27/2012 05:59:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 11/27/2012 05:57:00 AM