Monday, August 27, 2012
The cage on the right is shown here on the Sell-Floto Circus in 1932. Following these cages gets mind boggling after awhile. In trying to follow this cage, we are looking at primarily the two sections, the four carvings side by side on the center board at the bottom and the ribs on the front wall.
( You can double click the photo to enlarge it. )
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Anyone can go to www.facebook.com/CircusHistoricalSociety You'll see the page and any and all comments. You'll have to login to Facebook to make any comments however.
The CHS also has a group page with over 1000 members in the group that had some rather lively conversations the last couple days. You will need to be logged onto Facebook to see the group display.
There is another terrific source of circus history with some photos you may have never seen before. You'll discover the group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/108709063580/
Ohio officials want to build a state facility to temporarily house exotic animals seized under a new law that will soon take effect.
A spokeswoman for the state's Department of Agriculture tells The Associated Press that the structure would contain dozens of cages for confiscated creatures, potentially ranging from snakes to bears.
Erica Pitchford said Thursday the facility would be built at the agency's rural campus in Reynoldsburg, just outside of Columbus.
A legislative committee would have to approve the building's funds. A price tag is still being calculated.
A law that takes effect on Sept. 3 will restrict ownership and immediately ban people from buying new dangerous exotic animals.
Efforts to regulate dangerous wildlife took on new urgency last fall, when a suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals.
Perhaps I'm missing something but if you have a law going into effect on Sept. 3rd, don't you think the facility should have already been built?
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
You can find my website at www.thecircusworld.com
Saturday, August 18, 2012
You can now Buy, Sell or Donate to the CHS on eBay by going to our Non-Profit page at http://donations.ebay.com/charity/charity.jsp?NP_ID=56723
You will see the difference when an auction is helping a Non-Profit in the body of the auction. Here is one I have on there now. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261084514977
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Gordon did not want a funeral. He has been cremated and the ashes will be interred in Washington, Wilkes County, GA over near Augusta. Gordon has relatives buried there. He preferred that to New York where his parents are buried, though they lived in Asheville, NC when Gordon was growing up.
So, at some point in the future, Ray will hold a ceremony of Gordon's life at his house. I gather that will be several months away.
Monday, August 13, 2012
The 1901-1902 Barnum and Bailey ledger shows the “Parade Chariots” as having a $5000.00 payment on the signing of the contract, $5000.00 to be paid during May 1902. Both of these are logged in on April 27, 1902. The next $10,000.00 was due as work was in progress, with the final $20,000.00 due upon completion. The total for the twelve tableaus and six racing chariots being $40,000.00 The Two Hemispheres Bandwagon was an additional $4,200.00. - see Bandwagon, The Golden Age of Chivalry, Fred Dahlinger, Jr., March / April 1997, page 26.
This 1903 poster is part of the Tibbals collection at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Several of the grand parade wagons from years past however were not on the road in 1931 and as a result, they weren't on the train that went to Lancaster. Manny Gunn was fortunate enough to have visited the Granger, Iowa winter quarters in November of 1936 when he took a boat load of photos from the abandoned quarters. Here are a few from over the years. All of the photos from 1936 are some of the Manny Gunn photos.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Having held it in my hands and actually seen it, all I can say is WOW!