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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Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas from Bailey the Unknown Reindeer

A friend just sent this to me and I thought it was neat!
So I thought maybe you would like it too!







YORK, PA AIR SHOW 1981

This was the first Air Show that Bill and I worked.
Later We played the Lakeland, FL Fly-In for a couple of years.
And an Air Show in Allentown, PA.



1956 RINGLING PROGRAM PART 1

Thanks to Larry Snyder for sending these to Me.
Part 2 will follow tomorrow!
Don't forget to click on images so you can read the copy!

1956 RINGLING PROGRAM PART 1


1956 RINGLING PROGRAM PART 1




Thursday, December 18, 2008




MILLS BROS CIRCUS, 1953

The Mills Brothers were from Ohio. They were constantly importing acts from
Europe during the many years that they toured the show.
There was Jack, Jake and Harry.
These pictures were from one of Bill's Albums and I beleive acquired
from Paul Horsman.
They always used the Menagerie as a side show.
In fact in 1967, when we had our show, our "big top" was a
former Mills Menagerie Top!

MILLS BROS CIRCUS, 1953


These top two shots had to be in the Side Show-Menagrie

Cradle Act
Feel free top identify any of these that you recognize.


MILLS BROS CIRCUS, 1953


Teeterboard Act




MILLS BROS CIRCUS, 1953


This appears the Bulls are ready to perform

I saved this picture for last because it appears to be older than the other ones
This could be when "Burma" was the only elephant the show had.
Maybe one of our Historians could fill us in on this one.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

GREAT AMERICAN CIRCUS 1981

These pictures were taken in Apopka, Fl early in the season.
I beleive this was Allen Hill's first season managing the show for Hoxie.
Which of course He acquired from Hoxie later.


That's Allan's Bus parked on the right



GREENTREE SHOWS--VALDOSTA, GA FAIR 1986

Bill and I always looked forward to the Valdosta Fair
for many reasons. Certainly not grossing any money!
But one of those reasons was to see Mr. Red Parks and his family!
Red could really tell some of the funniest Jokes and stories!
He had worked for James Drew Expo. as a ride super among others.

All these kiddie rides were Green Trees
Green Tree's Castle Bounce



GREENTREE SHOWS--VALDOSTA, GA FAIR 1986


Power Unit

Green Tree's Scrambler


GREENTREE SHOWS--VALDOSTA, GA FAIR 1986

Ride Help Bunkhouse getting a good cleaning from Michael Parks.
I beleive these two units pulled Kiddie Rides

And of course the Dykes Bros. were there!
Mr Parks is no Longer with us but I'll never forget him and his family.
His son Mike carries on the Parks tradition, but the show is under a different title now.




Tuesday, December 16, 2008

LIFE MAGAZINE photo
People crowding the midway at a carnival.Location: US Date taken: 1937

LIFE MAGAZINE PHOTO
Ticket seller for Monkey Auto Races surrounded by prospective customers as ferris wheels loom in the dusk behind them at carnival in the Greenbrier Valley Fair.Location: Lewisburg, WV, US Date taken: August 1938

DOUBLE FERRIS WHEELS--1938

LIFE MAGAZINE PHOTO
1938


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