Friday, September 30, 2011

Feds at it again!

Urgent Notice - Your Immediate Action Is Needed. Send Your E-Mail By October 10th. Help preserve your rights regarding hobby materials.

Dear Hobbies Customer,
Many people are concerned with new government regulations that are designed to limit our hobby industry. You've probably heard about the new FAA regulations limiting our use of R/C airplanes and proposed shipping bans for R/C batteries. New regulations are being considered regarding model rocket motors. This may not immediately impact your particular hobby but it's just another step toward regulation of materials used in hobbies and deserves your attention.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently advised that they propose to terminate a special permit under which model rocket motors and igniters have been shipped for the last 33 years. If the permit is terminated model rocket motors and igniters will no longer be able to be shipped as "Flammable Solids" and will instead have to be shipped as "Explosives." In 33 years there have been no incidents involved in the shipping and transporting of model rocket motors and igniters. Hobbyists need your support. Attached is a sample e-mail that we request you send immediately to express your support.We believe that shipping model rocket motors and igniters as "Explosives" would only cause unnecessary concern for hobby shops, educators, youth group leaders and families using model rockets for educational and recreational purposes.

If you believe as we do, please send an e-mail to the Department of Transportation no later than October 10, 2011.

To assist you, here is a sample e-mail:
TO: specialpermits@dot.govSubject: DOT-SP 7887 Show Cause Response

Dear Associate Administrator,
The purpose of this e-mail is to request that DOT-SP 7887 be kept in force as written. The Special Permit, previously DOT-E 7887 has been in place since 1978 and is used by many of us who enjoy hobbies including model rockets, motors and igniters. To my knowledge, there has never been an incident involving the shipping and transporting of model rocket motors and igniters. Further, I believe that shipping these products as "Explosives" will create unnecessary fear and difficulty for those handling, transporting, receiving, storing, selling and using these products. After 33 years of use, the termination of the Special Permit is unwarranted and possibly damaging to an educational and recreational product that has an excellent record. In closing, I again request the Special Permit be kept in place as written.-
Your Name and Address

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Cole Bros. Stake Driver

Here's a couple photos of the Cole Bros. Stake driver taken at the Paul kelly farm prior to the auction in 1996. The photos are courtesy of Mr. Bill Prickett.

More Cole Bros. Stake Driver

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Herbie Head's Stake Driver

Herb's original stake driver unit now sits on a shelf instead of rotting in the Winter Quarters fields somewhere. ( Patrick Wentzel was kind enough to furnish these model photos )

Herbie Head's Stake Driver

I had a conversation last night with a good friend who remembers seeing this actually drive stakes into a pile of sand for demonstration purposes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cole Bros. Circus Stakedriver

Here is the Stake Driver from the inaugural 1935 season of Cole Bros. Circus. There are people much wiser than I that know the history of these wagons in detail. I'm not sure which issue of Bandwagon its in ( that can be found on the Circus Historical Society website ) but I do remember Fred Dahlinger writing a very good article about stake drivers that is well worth the read.

Cole Bros. Circus Stakedriver

This is from the 1946 season. Notice the changes between this photo and the next one three years later.

Cole Bros. Circus Stakedriver

From the 1949 season.

Cole Bros. Circus Stakedriver

After being acquired from the Paul Kelly auction, the Stake Driver is now restored at the International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Indiana.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Herbie Head's Model Circus

Patrick Wentzel was kind enough to send us these photos he took of Herbie Head's beautiful scale models. The photos were taken August 13, 2011 at Troy, Michigan.

Herbie Head's Model Circus

With a couple people in the photo, you start to get a feel for how large these models really are.

Herbie Head's Model Circus

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Circus Historical Society

The May / June issue was mailed on Yuesday. Mine came today so they should start arriving at your doorsteps soon. All except for the Beloit / Janesville area of Wisconsin which usually has to go around the world twice before arriving there.

From Pete Adams - Florida events

Sept 14, 2011 Circus Pages at Arcadia 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.
$15 Ticket Turner Auditorium

Sept 16, 2011 SRQ Circus Lunch Bunch – Lockwood Diner 12 Noon
Contact 941-378-9596 Everyone Welcome

Sept 17 to 1/29/12 Strobridge Posters Special Exhibit
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Searing Wing 10 to 5 Daily Till 8 on Thursday

Sept 24, 2011 Diamond Jim Parker Ring #89 Meeting at Ringling Museum 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Front of Tibbals 1

Sept 24, 2011 National Museum Day – FREE Admission to Ringling Museum 10- 5 p.m.

Sept 24, 2011 Opening of Phase 2 Tibbals Learning Center 10:00 a.m.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Oct 1, 2011 Bob’s Train 941-321-5643 call if lost 9:00 a.m.

Oct 5, 2011 Showfolks Tent 122 Meeting – Speaker: Bob Collins
Big Top Tours 7:30 p.m.

Look Familiar?

This beautiful cover was drawn by Roland Butler for the 1937 RBBB season. You'll see the same design two posts down when the King Bros. used it on their 1947 route book.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sunday, September 04, 2011

RBBB - 1968

The 1968 season of the RBBB show featured Charly Baumann in the steel arena and Hugo Schmidt on the floor with his ponderous pachyderms. Across the ocean, Irvin and Isreal Feld were trying to make the deal of a lifetime.

The entire Circus Williams was purchased and being prepared to head to America. Along with the animals, elephants, cast and equipment was a bright and raising performer with dark hair and a charisma that could be felt across an entire sports arena. The man the world would soon know as Gunther Gebel Williams was coming to America!

RBBB - 1968

RBBB - 1968

RBBB - 1968

RBBB - 1968

Here is a nice view of a pre-Red Unit or Blue Unit decal now used on the trains.

RBBB - 1968

RBBB - 1968

Isn't this one of the old Army Hospital cars?

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011