Sunday, May 31, 2015
This map was drawn by Stan Watson, CFA of Hollywood, CA. It was published in the White Tops for Nov. 1936.
What is called on the map the "Olympic Stadium" was built in the 1920s as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum seating some 75.000 (named "Memorial" for LA's World War I vets). With the approach of the Olympic games it was enlarged to seat over 100,000. It is the home field of the Southern Cal Trojans and has hosted the likes of the NFL Los Angles Rams (now St Louis) and the LA Dodgers when they moved to LA from Brooklyn for the 1958 season.
Just east of what is shown here as City Hall we see the site of the "Calif Zoo." It originated as the Selig Zoo, established there by movie producer William Selig. He used so many animals in his silent movies that he established the zoo to house them. He seems to have sold it to others in the mid-1920s and thereafter it operated under several different names. It finally closed in 1940.
The leopard lady, Olga Celeste, was long associated with the Selig Zoo and its successors.
The last and most famous animal resident was the male Asian elephant Billy Sunday. He became unmanageable and was shot on October 16, 1939 - - there was much coverage of his "execution" in the press.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2015 04:27:00 AM
Selig Zoo Lion Hitch
This unusual photo comes from Jack Badal. He says it was taken in Los Angeles' Selig Zoo around 1920. The lions are pulling a cart with feed for other zoo critters. Note the keeper passing out food.
It would be quite shock for the visitor who came across this hitch on the public walkways
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2015 04:23:00 AM
Saturday, May 30, 2015
I found this one photo in the Conover Photographic collection yesterday. It isn't recorded as to who took the photo, when or where. It appears to be you and Anna May with the James Bros. herd. Would that be Shannon on Anna May's trunk? Feel free to post it if you want. I put it on the Circus Historical Society Facebook page last night.
Posted by Buckles at 5/30/2015 05:32:00 AM
"Jackie", "Anna May", "Ellie", "Lovie" and "Suzy".
I trained these three little guys the winter of 1969-70 at the show's winter quarters.
"Ellie" had been previously trained by Wally Ross.
Six years later when I was at Circus World I got a call from Sid Kellner saying these three punks were for sale so I called Kenneth Feld and a deal was made and they were delivered in Oct. of 1976.
Upon arrival I immediately changed their names to "Louie", "Sid" and "Juno".
I asked Kenneth how much he had paid and he said, "More than I wanted to but less than he was asking!" probably the same thing he said when he bought the Ice Shows.
Posted by Buckles at 5/30/2015 05:08:00 AM
Received this picture from Paul last night with the following message:
"ANTHONY FRISCO DOING NICE JOB"
FILLING IN FOR HIS DAD WHO IS STILL IN HOSPITAL
WORKING 2 WITH PATTY , VERY NICE, ALSO DOING RIDES."
I had heard that Tim was in the Hospital but I am so out of touch with things these days I have no idea what show this is or the elephant. Looks like a Carson & Barnes headpiece.
Is Beatty-Cole up in New England this early?
Wish Tim a speedy recovery.
Posted by Buckles at 5/30/2015 04:20:00 AM