Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 05:43:00 PM
Here is another great photo of Barbara enjoying her new mink coat. We did a shopping trip to La Bell Furs in Orlando and she got this that night...maybe a Birthday present..anyway it was a gift from Buckles to Barbara. What a beautiful lady and coat. Those were the days. Barbara says to PETA..."bite me!" LOL Karen
"The rumor around Circus World was that Mr. Feld had bought the coat and I never said otherwise." Buckles
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 01:28:00 PM
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 01:01:00 PM
I don't believe that there has ever been any discussion about the appearance of Barbara, Ben and Anna May in the TV film "Movin' On" In honor of Barbara's birthday, perhaps we can get some background information on the filming of this sequence. What other films have the Woodcock Family been involved in?
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 07:07:00 AM
In the ensuing chase scene we see "Anna May" following Barbara while both are chased by Officer Ben.
We were at Circus World in 1977 when I received a call from Irvin Feld saying that he had been contacted by a Hollywood Producer friend who was desperately trying to locate someone with an elephant to complete the filming a TV Show already on location in No. Carolina.
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 06:55:00 AM
This was a very popular TV Series of the day and starred Claude Akins and Frank Converse as two truck drivers who had been hired to move an elephant from an animal farm down to Florida.
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 06:41:00 AM
After a series of car crashes and mayhem, the elephant eludes the police, winds up in the countryside and is reunited with the Hobo (Keenan Wynn).
Posted by Buckles at 9/30/2008 06:21:00 AM
Monday, September 29, 2008
Posted by Buckles at 9/29/2008 12:58:00 PM
"Two great outdoor showmen are trying to untangle something in their contracts. Herbert McElroy, manager of one of the finest and largest fairs in Canada, The Ottawa Exposition, and Frank Bergen, general manager of the largest midway on earth, World of Mirth."
Posted by Buckles at 9/29/2008 06:26:00 AM
"The fabulous DANCING WATERS is a combination of water, electric power, lights, music, engineering know-how and showmanship, developed through many years of intensive experimentation and research at a cost of a quarter of a million dollars."
Posted by Buckles at 9/29/2008 06:18:00 AM
World of Mirth presents for the first time on any midway TONY DIANO'S BIG WILD MENAGERIE.
Posted by Buckles at 9/29/2008 06:07:00 AM
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I think this is the bill Paul was thinking about. Art Miller told me that he took this Christy Bros litho by Riverside to Central Show Print (I think it was) and told them to redraw it and to (1) move the elephant line to the center, (2) put a cage over a hippo so there would be a place for the lettering and (3) throw in some giraffes.
Posted by Buckles at 9/27/2008 12:10:00 PM
In San Antonio was your dad also visiting circus historian Sturtevant and collector Hertzberg? Hertzberg was a supporter of the zoo, I believe. Any idea when he first met those gentlemen?
I am the fellow who wrote you last winter re circus parade wagons, etc. I preserved your answer as I consider it a valuable piece of data.
We returned to our home here in Hot Springs following the close of Wallace Bros. Circus last October and will remain until time to open in the Spring. Have a small house and lot here free from encumbrances and one room exclusively for my circus collection which is a magnificent one, as they go, altho quite humble in comparison to those held by the late Harry Hertzberg and John P. Grace. Can only hope that fire or some other disaster doesn't wipe this out as I cannot take it on the road with me. Have Insurance of course but wouldn't replace the circusiana.
The writer will be 37 years old in May but have been with the mud colored tent, the red wagons and the ponderous pachyderms for twenty-one seasons and lately I find that most of my associates and fans I meet can only remember as far back as 1928 or less. My good wife was born and raised with a wagon show but has never shown any interest in the historical phase of the circus and sometimes mildly scolds me for "raking up the dead" as she expresses it.
My kid has three generations of circus folk behind him which he inherits from his mother. He is a great grandson of Hiram Orton, founder of the Orton Show and a great nephew of Miles Orton, the famous rider and circus owner.
Posted by Buckles at 9/27/2008 09:54:00 AM
From: Chris Berry
Posted by Buckles at 9/27/2008 06:36:00 AM