Here are a few loose pictures that were in my uncle's scrapbooks. Look at that show front, will ya? That had to be a beast to put up and down.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Today is Circus Day in:
Carthage, North Carolina - Lewis and Clark Circus
Rome, GA. - Carson and Barnes Circus
Harrisonburg, VA. - Cole Bros. Circus
Biloxi, MS. - Ringling Gold Unit
Providence, R.I. - Ringling Blue Unit
Dayton, OH. - Ringling Red Unit
Hampton Roads, VA. - Universoul Circus
Wattsburg, PA. - Walker Bros. Circus
Chino, CA. - Circus Vargas
Ceres, CA. - Circo Hermando Vasquez ( opens tomorrow )
Boston, MA. - Big Apple Circus
West Springfield, MA. - Annual Shrine Circus at Big "E"
Pasco, WA. - Tarzan Zerbini Circus ( opens tomorrow )
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We're off to see the Lewis and Clark Circus tonight in Pageland, SC. The show is owned by Bob Childress. It is witout a doubt one of my favorite under canvas shows. Operated under a hip roof top as a one ring display, the show offers great circus entertainment. I can't wait!
You can visit their website at http://www.lewisandclarkcircus.com/home They have several videos of the show on ther website as well as the general admission and free children's tickets.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This is my book that I self-published as an e-Book. Having never seen one before it was pretty interesting in creating it. When you buy it, you instantly recieve the link to the book and you can sit at your computer with your coffee, pepsi, cinnamon rolls or whatever and read the book at your leisure in the peace and quiet of your own home. I'm also an animal man so I am donating $1.00 from every sale to the OABA Animal fund. My book is on Amazon.com and my website at
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Beginning in 1928, Ray Rogers took a show on the road he called Barnett Bros. Circus. Starting in Canada, he eventually moved south to York, South Carolina. The title changed to Wallace Bros. Circus in 1937 back to Barnett Bros. for 1938 and 1939 then back to Wallace Bros. from 1940 to 1942. In 1943 he teamed up with Clyde Beatty for the Clyde Beatty-Wallace Bros. Circus. 1944 was the last season as Wallace Bros. Circus.
There is a fantastic eight part series on these shows in the Bandwagons from May June 1974 through July August of 1975.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Please double click this to make it larger. This years CHS convention is going to a real thriller. This will probably be the only time that we will be able to meet and talk to Juan and Miquel Vasquez, Richie Gaona, Tony Steele, Terry Caveratta and Cherie Valentine all at the same place about the flying trapeze. The Convention is slammed full of events and speakers as well as the Trapeze workshop, films, and filming at the same time. The best part about this is..... ANYONE can attend. The CHS conventions are open to registrations by anyone. So even if you don't belong to the CHS, you can still attend this amazing event. Get this on your calendar now. Go to http://www.circushistory.org/ for the registration form.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Here's the last of the winter quarters shots from Peter that he took in 1999. Hope you enjoyed them.
Here we see the center poles from the old Big Top being used for the Russian Air Force rehearsals in quarters in 1999.
Monday, April 05, 2010
What's left of the truck at the left was Dave Hoover's cat act truck. Dave told me that this was one of the two Beatty cage trucks and that they had to cut the entire cage off due to the urine and rust and just used the trailer to start over with.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Here come the rest of the Rosa Photos of the Beatty-Cole Winter Quarters taken in 1999. We have had some major technical difficulties trying to get Peter's photos from his Mac into my Windows system. So they all took the scenic route to Mr. John Evans in England who was kind enough to forward them back to me in a format that will allow all of you to enjoy them. There will be plenty more photos coming during the next few days.