Monday, March 31, 2014
Art Miller was given credit for coming up with the idea of running an ad stating that America's Second Largest Circus would stop briefly in their fair city long enough to rest the animals and performers and inquire about purchasing supplies for the cook house and feed for the assortment of beasts listed above.
Then after the local merchant's appetites had been aroused, a blockbuster announcement was made that due to some error in routing the Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus will actually give two performances at 2:00 & 8:00 PM but the public is still welcome to see the feeding of the animals free at 9:00 AM as promised.
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2014 05:28:00 AM
Joe Lewis making the early morning bally along with the other pit shows, pony ride and concessions while the citizenry toured the lot.
I heard it said that on many an occasion this event made the show's daily nut before the first ticket was sold.
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2014 05:06:00 AM
Noted circus banner man Dick Scatterday managed to make a deal with Chevrolet whereas they supplied the show a fleet of Chevrolet trucks and in the return the entire elephant herd, wearing Chevrolet blankets and crew sporting Chevrolet jackets and helmets, would parade to the local dealership each morning.
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2014 04:51:00 AM
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
In 1974 Rex Williams bought an elephant that was too small to fit into his act so he called me up at Circus World and asked if we had a larger one that he could swap for.
I went up to the office and explained the situation to Chappie who in turn called Kenneth who in turn said to tell me to do whatever I wanted, simple as that.
Imagine that today, it would take 2 Boston Lawyers and 3 Government Agencies over a year just to handle the paper work.
This is "Charlie" being delivered Nov. 22, 1974 and I gave Rex one of the elephants out of my 7 act that he renamed "Gyp" and who later to become the mother of "Brat".
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2014 05:57:00 AM
Friday, March 28, 2014
......should have been included this morning.
My highly incompetent staff is the cross I have to bear in life.
The entire 1967 Polack Bros. herd.
"Kae" (off left), "Jean", "Anna May", "Millie", "Opal", "Kenya" and "Stella".
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2014 03:28:00 PM
Every year while playing the LA County Fair, Parley Baer would bring a couple of photographers and take publicity pictures for the following year.
Someone took these snapshots as the event progressed.
This first one includes two of the greatest elephants of the day "Anna May" and "Opal".
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2014 05:33:00 AM