Monday, March 25, 2013

Olson Shows

The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me. I originally posted this in October of 2008. Last night, a lady contacted me answering a request from these posts.

Heather Mills, are you still out there????? Contact me at Kay Harmon is trying to reach you. She knew your family well.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Al G. Kelly-Miller Bros. Circus

I've spoken of the Conover collection many times and will probably continue to do so as I slowly get through it one negative and photograph at a time. Covering all aspects of the circus. the Conover film archives allows us to visit the Al G. Kelly-Miller Bros. Circus in 1951 which would have been their 15th season on the road.

This particular group of photos is labeled as Set # 536 and includes 28 black and white photos all in the 4" x 6" format. You can get a set of these for your own collection at on the Conover Photos page.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Gollmar Bros. Circus

The 1913 Gollmar Bros. Circus is preserved on film in the Conover collection's Set # 296. There is a fine set of parade photos in the 32 photo set. To get a set of prints, simply go to

The proceeds from all of the Conover photo sales go to the Conover family and the Circus Historical Society, Inc.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013 CHS Convention

The 2013 CHS Convention returns to its roots in Peru, Indiana this year. Peru was the host city for the very first Circus Historical Society Convention in 1946. The registrations are steadily coming in already. If you are coming, you better get your room reserved ASAP as this is circus week in Peru and the rooms will be gone in no time. Go to the CHS website for hotels phone numbers at

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Barnum's Kaleidoscape

Barnum's Kaleidoscape was a tented venture of the Feld corporation from 1998 to 2000. The one thing that really grapped my attention was the line "Ringling Bros. presents" It didn't say Feld Entertainment presents and it didn't say Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents. I just found that to be very odd.

I have several of these posters available for sale on my website at  These have no manufacturing indications however they are an unusual size being 25" wide and 38" tall.They were never used and have been rolled all this time. I also have for sale, the window cards that were never used and have remained in the box.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Sun Bros. Circus

The Sun Bros. ( Pete, Gus and George ) owned and operated their circus from 1892 to 1918. Richard Conover was fortunate enough to obtain some of Pete Sun's photographs from 1911. This is just one of the 25 photos from the show and some of the people involved with the Sun Bros. Circus.

This Set of Photos is Set # 200 and can be found at

Photo # and Description

1 Litho 1911

2 Advertising car

3 Advertising car, different year

4 Advertising car, different year

5 Pete Sun on rear of car

6 Lithos, 1911

7 Pole wagon on flats

8 Unloading Pole Wagon

9 Unloading Pole Wagon, different view

10 Unloading baggage wagon

11 Coaches

12 Coach # 9

13 Ticket Wagon

14 Midway

15 Midway scene, different view

16 Band, 1914

17 Lot Scene

18 Lot Scene, different view

19 Pit Show bannerline

20 Sideshow bannerline

21 George Sun & wife

22 Roman Rider

23 McDee sisters, Mona & Victoria

24 Midway scene

25 Marquee