Monday, July 21, 2008

Barnum & Bailey envelopes

I only have a couple Barnum & Bailey pieces. Addressed to C.W. Parker in 1918. Is this the C.W. Parker from carousel fame? I don't know! Anybody have an answer they could share with us?


joey ratliff said...

Mr. Cline, this is a different C.W. Parker from carousel C.W. I have a book on carousel history and it has a very large chapter on Charles Wallace Parker. In 1892 he bought his first used ride and from ther he devoted his life to designing and building "carry-us-alls" until his death in 1932. No mention of B&B in his history. Buckles has mentioned a Chas. Parker with Barnum and Bailey, but I don't know what Chas. is short for. By the way, thank you for your kind words for me and the Audubon elephants a few weeks ago.

Joey Ratliff

Bob Cline said...

Thanks for clearing things up. Keep up the great work. We all appreciate it.