I performed from 1973 to 1995 with a couple years off in between. I did an aerial cradle act for three years, low wire as a clown, trained llamas, ponies, then lions and tigers for 15 years. I am now a firefighter, a member of the Circus Historical Society and an author of several circus and carnival related subjects.
Disney's shops somewhat carefully copied the vintage wagons, including the carvings, re-used at least some of the metal hardware, and essentially cranked our replicas of the old wagons. What is presented at Baraboo today are not the originals. The selected "original" parts that do survive were donated at a later date to CWM. These are individual carvings. Not all the wagons that Disney acquired were reproduced. The ex-Barnes steam calliope, that appeared in the film Chad Hanna, the ex-John Robinson cottage cage and maybe one more were dismantled and lost forever at that time.
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