Friday, May 31, 2013

Circus Flora opener

Tonight was going to be the season opener of "A Trip to the Moon" for Circus Flora in St. Louis. All started OK but by intermission the tornado sirens were blaring and the show was cancelled, the tent was evacuated and everyone took shelter in the basement of the Veterans Administrations building. All are safe and sound although there are multiple reports of damage in St. Louis including damage to Busch Stadium.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


My fellow bloggers, associates of mayhem and fellow hysterical people, please note that the HINDU bagpiper on the far right is neither Hindu nor player thus making him the great FAKIR.

This negative was one of eight Gentry Patterson images found in the Conover negatives and Photographic collection.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember all of our fellow Americans that have made it possible for us to write these blogs and all who can read them.... and so much more. Without our fallen soldiers, we would have little or nothing. God Bless them one and all!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CHS Convention in Peru

Get your hotel rooms booked if its not too late already. Mail in your registrations. Anyone may register. You don't have to be a member of the CHS to attend.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Universoul Circus

The Circus Historical Society's Convention in Peru, Indiana from July 17th to 20th will be offering an optional trip to Indianapolis to see the Universoul Circus on Wednesday evening. We have 60 Box seats reserved on a first come first served basis.

 "Get 'em while they're HOT!!!"

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Inspiration

Michael Hoffman shared this Harry Atwell photo. Michael also pointed out that the lettering on the wagon on the right is for the Sells-Floto Circus. No year is indicated as to when this was taken but you'll see a marked similarity to this and the poster coming up next.

Finished Product

This particular poster was just sent to me. It has been folded for some time. This was printed by the Erie Litho Co. sometime after 1941. The upper left hand corner that has America's Favorite Show now, used to have the owner portraits of Jess Adkins and Zach Terrell. After Jess Adkins died in 1941, those portraits were removed.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Wisconsin's Budget Vote.

This was in today's Madison, Wisconsin newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal.