The show must go on: Memorial Day site home to mass circus burial ground.
Monday, May 31, 2010
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John Moss, III, Renya Moss, John Moss, IV & Nathan Moss, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.
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L-R-Tatiana Combs,Delana Fusco,Cathy Poema & Carolyn Rice with Mike Rice looking on (Didn't catch names of 4 girls in back row)
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
We have three computers in the house and due to a
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Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Seeing the postings of Barnett Bros. posters reminded me that I have a TRU-VUE filmstrip of black & white stereo (i.e. 3-D) photos that were taken professionally on the show in the mid-1930s. Titled “A Day at the Circus” this filmstrip remained in the TRU-VUE catalogue until 1941, when it was replaced by the series on the 1941 Ringling show. Since it was discontinued almost 70 years ago, “A Day at the Circus” is not as easy to find as the Ringling series, which is itself now becoming quite scarce. Some years ago, I sent Buckles a few scans from this set. Since then, my computer has been upgraded and is now able to do a much better job of scanning these old, contrasty photos. Here are new scans of all 13 photos from this series, presented in the order that they appear on the filmstrip
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The lead elephant is identified as "Big Alice."
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Friday, May 28, 2010
The Ringling red unit arrived in Baltimore this past April 5 for its usual two-week engagement. Coaches were spotted beginning at 6pm, step stools placed at each car, and trash bags were attached by the vestibule stairs well before the cut with the flats arrived in the yard, shown here at 7:05 in the evening as it pulls in for unloading.
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Life quickly emerged from the coaches and soon activities of daily life as in any community were under way. Here Laura Martin from wardrobe earns a little extra money cutting the hair of acrobat Roman Gorbunov.
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Laura’s job on the show normally finds her in men’s wardrobe but here we see her repairing some capes in Central Repair. The Ringling wardrobe department is divided into three parts: men’s and ladies’ which each have there own private room or curtained area and a third part known as Central Repair—two roadboxes that are usually located at different points along hallways or other open areas backstage. In Baltimore, however, the building setup results in Central having its own room as seen here. At some arenas adequate rooms are not available for dressing rooms and so metal piping and curtains create what is known as “curtain city” backstage. Seen in the background is Rebecca “Becca” Williams of Central Repair working by her road box with its green interior and home to a sewing machine, fold down work table, and plenty of supplies.
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Also at her road box (with its fashionable purple interior!) is Lolis Vargas, head of the red show wardrobe department. Eight people work in wardrobe: two in women’s, two in men’s, two in central, one for the clowns (on the red show that is Laura Parker whose parents have long been Hanneford show staples), and the eighth person handles all the cleaning of the show’s approximate 300 costumes worn by 99 performers during the two-hour, twenty minute show. Also seen are some concession department uniforms of white shirts, yellow vests, and black pants awaiting repairs as they hang on pipe racks in front of a gray roadbox.
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Lolis, whose husband Alex is head of the animal department on the red unit, was born on her parents’ show in Mexico but grew up in San Antonio. She’s fourth generation circus and her family, the Osario’s, spent many seasons with Carson & Barnes. Here we see Lolis, a former flyer along with her husband, working on a new costume to match one used by a member of the high wire act.
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And finally, here's a glimpse at what is believed to be the Bridgeport winterquarters about 1910 showing work being done to prepare spec costumes for the coming season. There are about 65 people at work in this image for which I would welcome help to precisely date. We need to know more about the history of show costumes and their creation. For many years, of course, from at least the beginning of the John Ringling North era, major New York costume companies such as Eaves and Brooks-Van Horn have produced the elaborate creations of designers hired by RBBB. Throughout circus history costuming has been an important component but little of its story has been written.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
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