Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Ringling-Barnum Circus 1950 #4


The Doniker man in action, a function that remains about the same today.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have known what a Doniker is for a long time, but I have never been able to find out the origins of the word.
Don Bloomer

Buckles said...

I would like to say they were named after J. Augustus Doniker but I don't have a clue.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to who ever created the "DONIKER" I know how to use it, I don't need to know who it is named after. I would name it "PETA"

Anonymous said...

One old-time showman told me it was named after the highly respected Colonel Don E. Kerr. I regret I have no further history on the Colonel.

24-HOUR-MAN said...

On Krone they got a big kick out of me referring to the tank wagon, as the, "Honey Wagon".

Anonymous said...

The German words "Donner Kerl" we might translate as "thunder guy," for the esteemed fellow who tends the thunder wagon. ???

One day in 1885 P. T. Barnum told a messenger, "Go ask if the Donner Kerl got set up," and by the time he crossed the lot, the frightened kid remembered it as, "Boss wants to know if the donniker is ready yet." No one argued with what the boss wanted to call things.

If you knew how much rust I had to knock off the wheels of my time machine to go back and witness that scene, you might appreciate the history, fictional though it may be.
Lotliza

Anonymous said...

I have seen movie credits that mention the HONEY WAGON. I am probably one of the few that was more interested in the credit part of the movie than the show its self.

Anonymous said...

How many Blog readers remember Congo who took care of the Doniker wagon on Circus Vargas. He was a fixture on the show.

A fan from Milwaukee, Jack "Tiny" Stagg entered one of the Donikers early in the morning either on Carson & Barnes or Kelly-Miller several years age. While he tending to business the truck attached to the Doniker trailer left the lot for the next town. Everyone was surprised to see Tine emerge fro the Doniker when the trailer was spotted on the new lot.
Tiny is no longer with us. He is in the Big Top in the sky.

Anonymous said...

Rebecca, you said before that you never watched a movie. That you could not stay interested or sit still that long. What are you talking about here? Uh huh. Gotcha.
Gloria

Anonymous said...

Gloria, I haven't seen a movie since Tarzen the ledgen {?} of Graystone. Thats about 20 years ago. I do or did buy tapes to play at home so I could stop and return to when I wanted to. The last one was "As Good As It Gets" Why is it so important to you that you "GET" me?

Anonymous said...

Just to show you that you talk way too much and tell little white lies, shall we say? Forgetting what you have said in the past. It sure does not matter to me if we "get" you or not. Some of us just know how you are from way back. WAY back!
Gloria

Anonymous said...

So, Now its "US" Please tell what you know. This is about history. My mind does get a little foggy now and then. I would love to hear if I did some naughty things in past years. I do hope I did something interesting to amuse the blog. Seems like the memories would give us a laugh as we all had a real good time back then. Do tell what you know. Make our day.

Anonymous said...

Gloria {US} sure posted her comments on the right artical. The Doniker She is sure full of its contents.

Anonymous said...

IF you did some naughty things? What a memory, you have forgotten what you want to. Naughty as in being the "ho" (we all know what that REALLY means) of john Cuneo for years while he was married, for starters. Running around to become what you named yourself, a "dutchess" We have never heard it called that one before.
Gloria (I still have a non foggy memory).

Anonymous said...

You had best be able to prove what you have wrote. You are messing with the wrong person when you write such things. Then again they just might be getting a real kick out of your tales. You are guessing. What on earth would I have to offer the man who has everything? Just look at all the beautiful wives he has had and still has. He is always been surrounded by beautiful females. Try something else. What you write is old gossip and well known to everyone. I am more then willing to e-mail any answers to you if you want. Putting JCs name in the light you are trying to is self defeating to your cause. Attack me not him. Still my dearest friend and mentor. You should have been so lucky to have known him. I feel blessed.

Anonymous said...

MERCY! A CAT FIGHT, AND I DON'T HAVE A THING TO WEAR!

Anonymous said...

Clothing optional. Tennis shoes againest sequine high heeled boots.

Anonymous said...

Cummon,Rebecca,you had a short stint as a showgirl.Theres a million like you come and gone.You're not in the league of performers who have developed a skill and made it their life.Your babbling has got to get even on your own nerves.We all now what JC is.Time doesnt change that.

Anonymous said...

Not that there's anything wrong with it......

Anonymous said...

You have tried to turn this site into a personal vendata againest me. This site is not about you or me. Its the great world of the circus past. Your fishing for some thing that has no relavence[?] to this site. Nothing you can say will change that. Sorry you were not a part of it.

Anonymous said...

OH, I was part of it alright. Longer than you as far as the performing end of it. These nice people on this site need to be told about the real you. Since you play the dumb and innocent role. Yes indeed. Fishing, not today.

Anonymous said...

I never played dumb or inocent anyone who knows me knows I am not playing. Its the real me. Thanks for calling me a "SHOWGIRL" something I always wanted to. be. Even the wardrobe you wore did not make any kind of a real female out of you. Can't keep a man that way. It did wonders for me. The pants were too large but they got replaced. I may have been plain, young and dumb back then but I got what you wanted. Get over it!! 40 years is a long time to hold a grudge.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I thought you weren't inersted in "keeping a man".Either way, you didn't, and I did.Whateve fantasies you are harbouring, I'm not who you think I am

Anonymous said...

Keep saying to your self.. "He is mine, He is mine, He is mine.

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Anonymous said...

are dutchess, rebecca, and fluzzie all the same person? Different people? Or one person with many personalities?

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Anonymous said...

buckles,

now i see what you meant about the pms debate!

but i'll bet that some animal rights questions will get the old bats to be friends again!

Anonymous said...

this is kind of funny - 2 old bags fighting over some loser circus guy.

Anonymous said...

dutchess 42,

what's wrong with PETA? are you against treating animals humanely?

and what is doniker, another name for a toilet? are you guys making a big deal over knowing how to use the bathroom, as so many are saying here?

oh yeah, I forgot, there is quite a bit circus people don't know.

GaryHill said...

Gee, Anonymous if your so brave why don't you post your real name? There are some of us that could and can debate any of you Koolaid drinkers about animal care. If you're so wise, share with us your perfect world so we can be enlightened ? Actually, why don't you people go help poor people in the third world? I know those leaders who are the same that sell out their native animals in their lands all to pad their political pockets would surely give you a listen! The truth of the matter is you people have no lives of your own and want to take from people that do! This blog is Buckles collection of information of his life and the life of Circus in America! All this info belongs on the History Channel as it is as American as apple pie! You people remind me of the towel headed people that want to kill Americans because we are just what we are! That freedom gives you the ability to bitch but that same freedom gives us animal people our rights also so everything should balance out! Why don't you go after the puppy mills, oh I forgot thats how you AR and peta people make your money!

Anonymous said...

hey gary hill,

full of shit answer as ususal. I'm just trying to get the old bags fighting again, since none of you can answer animal questions.

and really, you consider being in the circus as "having a life"? what a joke.

GaryHill said...

So what gives you your nut, is getting on this blog? Go drink the Koolaid.

Anonymous said...

Just trying to create a little misery for those who create misery for animals, asshole.

GaryHill said...

Gosh, I have to admit you represent the "Other's" well! You're not that fat lady from Chicago that was waving around a bullhook are ya? Looked like a runaway hippo! Pretty scarery stuff for the city folk! I think your group should breakin every pet shop in the world and rescue all the poor guppies held captive in their fish tanks! Talk about abuse! Your not one of those from the group in Canada that bought the fertilizer and got busted and you slipped away are ya? Sorry to group all of y'all together but if the shoe fits?

Anonymous said...

gary hill:

those of us who love animals care about the welfare of all animals regardless of species.

right now, circuses are on my radar, as are several other issues.

but circuses in particular are especially cruel situations for the animals that are forced to perform in them, as you are aware.

the goal is to eliminate animal circuses, or at least make their operation subject to serious laws and penalties.

Anonymous said...

Gary, it's no use talking to these morons. They are the most bigotted group in America. Their websites are full of stories 10,20, and 30 years old. But I'd like the moron to answer this: If I can find you 50 news stories a day of Hispanics involved in violent crime, will you promise to label all Hispanics as violent criminals. Or, how about if I found you 50 stories a day of heinous child abuse, will you label all parents as child abusers and ban parenthood? Or maybe ban nursing homes because some workers abuse the patients? Only an idiot or bigot would jump to conclusions like that. So, if the shoe fits.....please squeeze your pms swollen ankles into it.
Annoymous2

GaryHill said...

Have you ever worked on or for a Circus or Zoo for that fact? If you have you wouldn't be in the company you have slipped into. I have spend my life even as a child careing for animals and I and alot of other Caring Animal Handlers take personal offense to the BS you Bunny Huggers spill out of your mouths. Are there a few bad animal people?- Yes I don't and don't know anyone that denies that but the same goes for everything in the world. There are Bad Apples everywhere but the majority of Animal People do care and do there best to provide the best care for our animals. If you think the animals are all abused then again you have never stood next to a real live Elephant and heard them rumble a sweet rumble when they recognize you. And I know for damn sure you have never been able to hug a Full Grown Male African Lion! You people think beating the hell out of an animal makes them act that way? You and your group of fanatics are dead WRONG! You think extinction is natureal then your probably correct because mankind ain't far behind the rest of the spiecies. I hope you are comfortable tonight as you sleep because I can assure you some animal person will be up all night with a sick or injured animal! You have a good life but I would hope you had a real look at our lives and stories on this blog. I guess you want to pay the blacks in America money because of what our ancestors did to them too huh?

Anonymous said...

Buckles sorry to keep you up all night moderating, but the more I think about it the more pissed I become. When they persecuted Mary Chipperfield, they had over 1000 hours of hidden video footage. Out of that they were able to get 15 minutes of questionable stuff, like for instance the 60 year old Mary giving a 2000 lb camel a whack with her walking stick to move it into the pasture. Their agenda is full of lies and half truths and their lives are based on vilifying and destroying people. Damn at times like these I wish I hadn't quit drinking!!
Anonymous2

GaryHill said...

Me too Capt sorry I let them get to me! If they want a real Debate then sides could finally have equal time? I wish they would use their money and time going after the chicken fighters in Ok, NM and La. or the dog fighters in about every major city. Instead they go after old Col. Sanders because he frys chicken. They must all be vegetarians? And of course they attack this blog of yours?