THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
Heres a few pics of the Brandon Circus... Its a family affair as many circuses are in Mexico, theres probably about 150 to 200 one ring family circuses traveling year round in Mexico.The Brandon Circus is opening here on New Years Day for a week stand, I'll send more pics later. Bob
Dick... I just got notice today about a friend of mine who died about two months ago, because he wasn't an "Artiste" or in management his death went unnoticed. His name was Jack Molinara, he was a Candy Butcher on the Beatty Cole Circus for years and also on the Ringling Show, he was also a first class rigger and one of the nicest people you could meet. If you could just mention this so people who knew him would know I'd appreciate it. He died in Sarasota at a Social Security retirement home after a bout with Cancer & heart problems. He did military service in the Navy and per his wishes he was cremated and his ashes were cast into Sarasota Bay. May he rest in Peace.
"Butch", baby female Indian elephant in the Dailey Circus, making herself one of the family in the Davenport household. The Davenports own the circus.Location: Gonzalez, TX, US Date taken: 1948 Photographer: Cornell Capa
Circus performers clowning around during a break from the show.Location: US Date taken: May 1961 Photographer: Francis Miller Czech midget showman Baron Richard Nowak, 19, stands 19 inches high & weighs 17 lbs., while posing on pedestal on the midway at the Hamid-Morton Circus next to one of the band's tuba players.Location: Trenton, NJ, US Date taken: July 1940 Photographer: John Phillips
Audience enjoying the circus.Location: Walla Walla, WA, US Date taken: August 1945 Photographer: Hans Wild