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!

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

CLYDE BEATTY MOVIE


CIRCUS CONCESSIONS FROM THE PAST #1



Ringling Museum collection of Howard Tibbals

CIRCUS CONCESSIONS FROM THE PAST





Thes photos are from the Howard Tibbals collection at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.



Friday, December 5, 2008

KING BROS CIRCUS


KING BROS CIRCUS-1967 #1 (BOB COX)

Art Brannon driving the water truck.
The Van Loo "trained Gorrilla" act at the back door.

,,even a camel gets thirsty sometimes.



KINGS BROS CIRCUS-1967 (BOB COX)

Pietro Canestrelli eating fire in the sideshow
Rolling Canvas on the spool wagon.

"Hard Times" Leonard... head electrician.



KING BROS CIRCUS-1967 (BOB COX) #3

juanita & Vicky Matchetts and Mike Rice dipping apples.

tear down...pulling canvas.

LEWIS & CLARK CIRCUS-2009 (LARRY SNYDER) #1

Tent and Petting zoo Trachsville Pa,
Albert selling food & line waiting to get in.

LEWIS & CLARK CIRCUS--2008 (LARRY SNYDER)#2

Bob Childress Circus Owner with his Tigers



LEWIS & CLARK--2008 (LARRY SNYDER) #3

Brian Lapalme fire eater & great young artist



Thursday, December 4, 2008

SNAKE OIL, SUPERSTARS AND ME

I just received my copy yesterday from Amazon.com
Over 300 pages packed full of photos.
Amazon has a good deal on the book or you can purchase it on
Doc Tommy Scott's website, just click on the post title to go there.
It really looks like interesting reading.

BILL HALL'S CHRISTMAS DATES (MIKE NAUGHTON)

Veteran Agent Bill Hall's Christmas string of dates in Pennsylvania, always filled with circus acts.
13th: Philadelphia, PA-Cardinal Dougherty High School14th: Pottstown, PA-Pottstown Middle School15th: McKeesport, PA-McKeesport High School Auditorium16th: Altoona, PA-Altoona High School17th: Williamsport, PA-Scottish Rite Consistory18th and 19th: Folsom, PA-Ridley Community Center20th: Lebanon, PA-Eagles' Club
Thanks Mike!
If you have any Christmas Show Dates, for other shows, send them in.
I'll be glad to post them!

COLE BROS-TANNERSVILLE, PA (LARRY SNYDER)

This is our amusement park with Lemax rides that light up and have sound and motion
Mike Rice Camels Cole Bros Tannersville Pa June 2008

Murray elephants cole Bros Tannersville Pa 2008.jpg



VAZQUES BROS. CIRCUS (BOB COX)













Vazquez Bros. bigtop....You don't see this very often...washing the bigtop....Spec...walkaround.Clown Firehouse Gag..The space wheel. I took these photos in '95


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

THIS WILL MAKE YOU THINK--I THINK!







FROM BOB COX:








Dick.. here's Tim McCoy with Chief Joseph & Mary yellow eyes (they were Cheyenne Indians ) I don't know what show they were on, maybe Tim McCoys, but they lived in Hugo Oklahoma and their daughter, (Ola) married Elephant trainer Fred Logan (Clyde Beatty Circus) Terrel Jacobs was known as "The Lion King", he had 50 lions at one time in the Steel Arena with him. Here he is with Roy Rogers, "King of the Cowboys" at some Shrine date back in the '50's. Hamids million dollar pier... Terrell on the marquee with Victor McGlaphlin & Sally Rand.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

TOTE-EM-IN ZOO POSTCARD


Click on image to enlarge so that you may read the copy!

OSCAR'S AMUSEMENTS (CONT'D)

Kiddie Ride Semi Trailer waiting to be spotted.
Tempest waiting to be spotted

Generator Unit



LITTLE RICHARD'S WORLD OF MIRTH SHOWS (CONT'D)

Dykes Bros Novelty Joint, Farmville, VA 1976
The Himalaya was booked in by Harry Koch.

On a lot just across the hwy from Philly International Airport
in 1976. Back of the Glass House and our Truck that pulled it.


This is World of Mirth's Flying Bobs.




Monday, December 1, 2008

GRAND CAROUSEL & WURLITZER BAND ORGAN

Kit Carson County Fairground Colorado

IF YOUR GOING TO LAS VEGAS---

I KNOW THAT SOMEONE WHO LOOKS AT THIS BLOG MUST BE GOING TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE SHOW. AND I IMAGINE SOME ONE OF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE BALLOON PEDDLERS COCKTAIL PARTY.
IF THAT SOMEONE COULD FIND THE TIME TO SNAP A FEW PICTURES I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
YOU COULD EITHER E-MAIL THEM TO ME OR SEND THEM BY SNAIL MAIL.
I WILL SEE THAT YOU GET FULL CREDIT FOR THIS!
AND MY GRATEFUL APPRECIATION!
Your Opinion Thank you for your vote.
Circus Animals
Should animal acts be banned at circuses?No. There's nothing wrong with animal acts at circuses. This is a well regulated industry, and few of the animals are abused, despite what some animal rights groups may say. If animals were banned from circuses, there wouldn't be a point in going. (43%)
I don't think they should be banned, but there should be more regulations and oversight to make sure the animals are treated humanely. (30.3%)
Wild animals such as elephants and tigers should be banned. Acts using more domesticated animals like dogs and horses are OK. (6.8%)
Of course they should be banned! This is cruel, inhumane, unnatural, and mean. Animals shouldn't suffer for our enjoyment. (19.9%)
Evansville, IN, where the Shrine Circus just finished it's run.
Looks like the do-gooders lose this one!

LITTLE HORSE, VALDOSTA, GA 1970'S

Remember the Little Horse Show from Greenville, SC Fair?
I promised you I'd show you the little horse.
Well here he is in Valdosta that same year.
I can't remember the guy's name that owned him.
He told Me that they kept him in a baby's playpen at the Motel!

DAILEY BROS CANADIAN TOUR 1984 (FROM BOB COX)




Dick.. here's Dailey Bros. 1984 in Canada....roughnecks driving stakes....the show in Alberta...Harry Lockers Bear act.



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