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This is Andrew Zingraben, known to everyone on the old Barnum show as “Andy the giraffe man.” He was a Hagenbeck employee who accompanied a delivery of giraffes to B&B during their European tour and then stayed with the show for decades. He was born in Hungary in 1861, joined Hagenbeck’s circus, and was later on various Hagenbeck expeditions in Africa. He stayed with the Barnum circus the rest of his life and in his later years tended the giraffe barn. One of his hobbies at winterquarters was raising geese. He died in 1931 and is buried in Bridgeport.
Monday, February 28, 2011
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From Chris Berry
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Our last full season on the road was with Universoul in 2002. Ben worked the act with Margo Porter as Elephant Empress.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Circus scraps plans for Coney Island.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it won't be in Coney Island this summer -- a move prompted by scheduling conflicts and the expense of running a show all summer.
Over the past two summers, the big top drew more than 250,000 people to Coney Island.
Ringling also called off its regular show at Madison Square Garden this spring because of renovations at the arena, leaving no show in the city this year.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Enjoyed RBBB Red opening night in Newark. Entire Feld family on hand as well as Dave Kiser and others.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This slow exposure (read blurry train) taken after sunset shows a pair of Norfolk Southern EMD engines pulling the red show train as it moved last Monday (14) from Greensboro, NC, to Philadelphia. The Ringling-Barnum circus train, in almost continuous use since 1872, is crossing the oldest railroad bridge in the world still in use. Construction on the Baltimore & Ohio’s “Thomas Viaduct,” then named for the railroad’s president, began July 4, 1833, and was completed exactly two years later. For much of its life, it was the only rail line entering the nation’s capitol from Baltimore and consequently during the Civil War was heavily guarded.
The main design problem was constructing such a large bridge on a curve and it became the first multiple arched stone railroad bridge in the world so built. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, II, son of the architect of the U.S. Capitol, solved the problem and today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The 612-foot viaduct, with eight arches of roughly 58 feet each over the Patapsco River valley just south of Baltimore, is now owned by CSX and though carrying considerably more weight than its first train in 1835, remains solid and unaltered to this day.
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