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!
Back in the 1970's Bill and I had a pretty sweet proposition.
We had the Santa Pictures, Stockings and a Novelty Joint
in the First Salisbury, MD Mall.
Of course I had the pleasure of "representing" Santa.
Bill took care of the Novelties and Wayne and Trisha Chambers
ran the Name on A Stocking Joint for us.
The first year Santa wore a cheap Mall Bought Santa Costume.
But the next year We purchased a custom made Santa Suit from
a Lady in Florida, NY. She also made the Suits for Macy's and other large Department Stores. It was a beautiful suit but was it HOT!
Every Saturday Morning we'd go in early and start blowing rubber.
It was a very "nice" change of pace from working outside all summer!
We kept the proposition for about 5 years but then the Mall changed management
and they decided We didn't fit the image that the new mall manager wanted.
What really happened Bill and I had a insider at the Mall that worked for one of the large Anchor Stores as a advertising manager. When the new girl took over for the Mall he lost his position with the mall. He tried to strong arm us that last year but
he got fooled and the Dykes Bros lost their Proposition!
So the next year We had a similar deal in Meadeville Pa.
TOO MUCH SNOW!
Then We started working with McCrory's 5 & 10 Stores first with Jewelry
then later The Mylar Balloons in Florida and Mississippi.
We got lucky in Hattiesburg the year the Chinese Yo-Yo hit big.
In our early years we lucked out with these type dates but now
times have changed. The Malls are all owned by Large Conglomerate Corporations and the little guy doesn't stand much of a chance.
The last thing I would like to say is where the hell did the term "Black Friday" come from?
It should be know as "GREEN FRIDAY"!
I hope you enjoy
these pictures that follow.
I know it brings back a lot of good memories for Me!
HOLIDAY CIRCUS & TRAIN DISPLAY InfoAge Science/History Center Presents it’s third annual Holiday Train and Miniature Circus Display Bring the whole family, enjoy all the operating model trains, miniature circuses and holiday displays. December 5th thru December 21st 2008Fridays 7 to 10 PM Saturday and Sunday 1 PM to 5 PMDonation $5. Children under 12 free with an adult. Plenty of FREE parking Everything takes place in the historic Marconi Hotel at the InfoAge Science/History Center 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, New Jersey (Exit 7a off Route 18)
I received a call this afternoon from a friend in Gibsonton who was a special friend of Billy Rogers
She told Me that Billy passed away about 11:00 am this morning.
For those of you who didn't know Billy I copied this from his business website.
PIRATES TREASURE COVE
This business was started by Bill Rodgers in early 60's while traveling on the road with the circus doing an aerial act. While making wardrobe for others he started selling items needed for costumes.After a serious Auto Accident in 1969 unable to work his act he visited Circuses that came near by selling his wares and also traveled to the trailer park in Sarasota where the performers wintered. He then built a Tropical Bird Show with Macaws,Cockatoos, Doves, Pigeons along with a dog and cat working in the Pirate Theme. He played many fairs, shopping malls and shows with this. Producing a Bird show for Sea World of Ohio in early 70's he started a mail order business with a small catalog. 1974-1976 working at the Sterling Forest Gardens near New York City added many new customers.Building a store in Gibsonton,Fl.(Showtown) made it convience to Tampa,Orlando and Sarasota.With all his friends from business he was able to add Bush Gardens, Cypress Gardens,Dixie Stampede, Holiday on Ice in Europe along with the Circuses in the States as customers.
Donate food; get a free circus ticket Last Edited: Friday, 21 Nov 2008, 8:48 AM EST Created: Friday, 21 Nov 2008, 8:47 AM EST
TAMPA – If you make a food donation, you can get a free ticket to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The St. Pete Times Forum and Ringling Brothers are teaming up to collect donations for Metropolitan Ministries from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Forum Friday. Every person who donates ten nonperishable food items will receive one show ticket, with a limit of four tickets per family. Tickets are for any performance at the Forum from January 7-11. Metropolitan Ministries is expected to deliver more than 1,000 meals from now until the day before Thanksgiving.