Friday, January 27, 2012

Silas Green Minstrels Poster

Here's a Silas Green Minstrels Show Poster I have on eBay this week.

Odd Lot #1

The Silas Green Minstrels sleeper in the 1920's.

Odd Lot #2

Elwin Strong's Rep Show ad from the early 1920's.

Odd Lot #3

From 1921, George C. Roberson's Rep Show.

Odd Lot #4

Circa 1920, Jethro Almond's Moving Pictures Show cars.

Odd Lot #5

This is about 1915 and other than an Uncle Tom's Show, there isn't anything else labeled on it.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Honest Bill's Show

This is a magnet from a poster reproduction that I have.

Honest Bill's Show

I had a real nice opportunity to meet Mike Ragan last night via email. He has a Facebook page called Quenemo, Kansas 66528. On it are a couple Lucky Bill photos and they are gathering some memories as well. Honest Bill Newton was Lucky Bill Newton's son. This letterhead is from my collection.

Honest Bill's Show

Here's one letterhead in my collection.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jungleland / Louis Goebel's

Louis Goebel acquired a great deal of the former Hagenbeck-Wallace circus after it went bust in California. About the only thing they managed to sell of were the railroad cars. Art Lewis bought the majority of the train cars and most of the rest were sold for scrap.

Louis Goebel was enterprising and diversified. He used animals in film work and took the circus equipment to the studios as well. Here are several Al Halpren photos taken of the former Hagenbeck-Wallace wagons.

Can you identify which title was used where?

Jungleland / Louis Goebel's

Jungleland / Louis Goebel's

Jungleland / Louis Goebel's

Jungleland / Louis Goebel's

Jungleland / Louis Goebel's

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A very young Clyde Beatty - 1928

These three photos are all marked 1928. What say you?

A very young Clyde Beatty - 1928

A very young Clyde Beatty - 1928

Where are our Beatty experts? Does this look like 1928 to you?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Go meet Tony Steele!

If you double click this it will get larger. Tony Steele is such a great guy. Just going to hear him tell a story or two is worth the trip.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Feld case upheld

Feld Entertainment, Inc. Prevails, Yet Again, in Eleven Year Old Case Brought by ASPCA and Other Animal Special Interest Groups

Final Ruling Rejects Efforts by the ASPCA and Other Animal Special Interest Groups to Reverse Prior Legal Victories for Feld Entertainment, Inc.

VIENNA, VA – Jan. 11, 2012 – Feld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that a federal appeals court unanimously re-affirmed the judgment entered on behalf of Feld Entertainment, Inc. at trial and on appeal.

Feld Entertainment, Inc., the producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus. , won the lawsuit that was originally filed more than a decade ago by animal special interest groups who ultimately sought to outlaw elephants in the circus. After losing at trial in 2009 and losing a unanimous appeal in October of 2011, the plaintiffs attempted to seek re-hearing which was rejected by the appellate court today.

Today’s ruling leaves the appellate court’s October 2011 ruling intact. The three judge Circuit Court panel had previously affirmed the trial court’s determination that plaintiff and witness Tom Rider, a former barn man for Ringling Bros., was “essentially a paid plaintiff and fact witness who is not credible.” The appellate court stated: “it is undisputed that between March 2000 and December 2008, [lead plaintiff] Rider received at least $190,000 from the organizational plaintiffs in this lawsuit, as well as from an organization run by plaintiffs’ attorneys.” The October 2011 appellate ruling went on to affirm the trial court’s finding that: “the primary purpose for the payments was to keep Rider involved with the litigation.”

The court also rejected the claims of Animal Protection Institute (API)/Born Free, which, despite a six and half week trial, was unable to prove it had a right to be in court.

“Today’s decision clears the way for the resolution of Feld Entertainment’s claim for attorneys’ fees,” said John Simpson, lead counsel for Feld Entertainment. He also noted that “our client was forced to spend more than $20 million to defend this manufactured case, which was dismissed on the same grounds nearly eleven years ago in 2001.”

Background of Case

Today’s denial of rehearing upheld the unanimous decision, by the three judge panel comprised of Circuit Judges David S. Tatel, Merrick Brian Garland and Janice Rodgers Brown, affirming the December 2009 trial court decision issued by U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia in ASPCA, et al., v. Feld Entertainment, Inc., No. 03-2006 (D.D.C.). After a six and a half week trial in Spring 2009, the trial court ruled for Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Additional information on this litigation, including Court filings and elephant care information can be found online at Information on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation is available online at

Ringling Bros.’ Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. appellate team was led by John M. Simpson and included Jonathan S. Franklin, Michelle C. Pardo and Mark T. Emery.

About Feld Entertainment

FeldEntertainment, Inc. is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment that lifts the human spirit and creates indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries and on six continents to date and include Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Feld Motor Sports, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®.

Wild West Letterheads

Chris Berry has been running some great old Wild West posters on his circusposters blog so I thought I would send out a few of the Wild West Letterheads I have. Enjoy!

Wild West Letterheads

Wild West Letterheads

Wild West Letterheads

Wild West Letterheads

Wild West Letterheads

Wild West Letterheads

Wild West Letterheads

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Campbell Bros.

Here are a few "Oversize" letterheads that I have. I really don't understand why a larger piece of paper was used, but they are too large for any sheet protectors or to place in any albums. Saving them was apparently a big problem also as they all have some damage on the edges where they have pushed against something else.

Banard Bros.


Unfortunately, this one has lost a small piece at the top due to it's size.

Monday, January 09, 2012


I've always enjoyed collecting letterheads. Wish I would have started 40 years ago. They are about the only thing I have collected as I never had any room on the road and now the house is full, so there still isn't much room. This one is from Floyd and Howard King's 1929 Cole Bros. World Toured Shows.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

2012 CHS Convention - June 13 to 16th in Baraboo, WI.

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!

To Make the CHS Convention as attractive as possible, a special room rate of $66.00 (not including room tax) per night has been negotiated with the Clarion Hotel, 626 Highway 12, Baraboo, WI 53913, 608-356-6422. To ensure getting your reservation at this very busy popular tourist area, call early and ask for the special CHS rate.
Rooms will be going fast as we are expecting a huge turnout again this year.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Boas Bros. Circus - 1968

Here are two more photos from Jack Silar. This is the Rev. Don Brewer and Melanie. Don has written several articles on the Circus Fans website about the Boas Bros. and Circus Kirk tours.

Boas Bros. Circus - 1968

Another one from Jack. "The Gentleman in the ticket box is my Grandfather: LC "Charlie" Bridgen."

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Stuart Thayer Prize

You can double click this to enlarge it. All of you CHS members have it coming in your Bandwagon. Mine arrived today. Stuart Thayer was unquestionably the finest circus historian we ever had when it came to circuses in the 1800's. This is an amazing tribute to great Circus Historian in wanting to keep the preservation of the American Circus History alive and growing.