Thursday, July 05, 2018



Chic Silber said...

Interesting that this card

has no color or logo heading

Chic Silber said...

This card shows no mailing

or permanent show address

Chic Silber said...

I guess it was all to be

sent to General Delivery

I doubt that still exists

Chic Silber said...

Was Beatty the sole owner

of the show at that time

Chic Silber said...

Hard to comprehend an 8 mile jump

with a show of that size by rail

I'd bet they traveled many more

rail miles to end up 8 miles away

Roger Smith said...

Right, Beatty was sole owner in 1950.

Harriett Beatty died in their private 61 Car, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on October 25th. She was 41, and passed due to a lingering heart condition. There were 10 days left in the season. Beatty was overcome by grief, and could not continue working. Joe Arcaris was summoned from Benson's, in New Hampshire, and worked the act until closing. Far more to this story, needless to say, but Beatty was able to return for 1951.

Roger Smith said...

In re the short jump, Robert "Doc" Hayden told me this one, when he and Train Boss Otis Leslie were ready to kill Clyde Beatty. "We were tearing down, and we could look over and damn near see the next lot, so we figured we'd gilly everything over, blow off loading the train, and cut the grief. But along comes Beatty, ordering us to load the train. No protest changed his mind, and we were so damn mad, we nearly quit. But Beatty said, 'I advertise this thing as a rail show, and it's going in as a rail show. Load my train.' So we did, but Otis never got over it, and stayed mad at Beatty the rest of the season." (Sorry I don't know the year or the lots in the story.)