When the 100th anniversary of the Ringling show was celebrated, the advertising got Otto and Charles mixed up. Those two portraits at the left are mislabeled.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Outstanding picture, I marvel at how these well dressed gentlemen would scramble up on top of a railroad car to get a better view.
If you could go back in time and tell them, "One hundred years from now the show will get rid of these things!.....I wonder what their response would be?
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2015 05:26:00 AM
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
This is Adele Nelson and Louie Reed with "Myrtle", "Tillie" and "Jenny" recently mentioned as being purchased by Ben Davenport for his Dailey Bros. Circus in 1942 and eventually the first elephants Barbara worked with.
But more importantly, the tubs Rex and Smokey had to polish.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2015 06:10:00 AM
Adele Nelson in flight.
The elephant would mount the teeter-board, walk forward past it's apex, tipping it forward, then take one large step back vaulting Miss Nelson into flight.
I was always curious as to how the prop was transported from town to town.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2015 06:01:00 AM
Great picture of a dinner table routine.
How well I remember the countless hours I stood in boredom while my father taught elephants to replace the bell on the table without tipping it over but it sure came in handy later.
He told me he had once seen this number done with a chimp as the waiter, dressed in a tuxedo.
I don't quite understand what part the dogs are playing here.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2015 05:22:00 AM