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Friday, January 2, 2009


HARVEY BOSWELL "MUSEUM" 1976


CARSON & BARNES 1976 #1


THESE DAYS ARE GONE FOREVER!
OVER 50 ELEPHANTS

CARSON & BARNES 1976

THE MENAGERIE!


CAN ONE OF OUR VISITORS IDENTIFY THIS GENTLEMAN?



CARSON & BARNES 1976

ELEPHANTS,
ELEPHANTS AND

MORE ELEPHANTS!



Thursday, January 1, 2009


PROFESSOR CHARLES "DOC" BOAS #1

Michigan State University professor Charles Boas says farewell to his economic geography class before starting new career as circus clown.Location: East Lansing, MI, US Date taken: May 1961
Former college professor turned circus performer, Charles Boas and his family, at their trailer home in winter quarters which they share with a friendly donkey.Location: US Date taken: March 1961 Photographer: Francis Miller

Veteran clown Jimmy O'Donnell reading funny papers to Toby Boas, son of college professor Charles "Onions" Boas.Location: US Date taken: March 1961 Photographer: Francis Miller
Photos & Captions from LIFE magazine


PROFESSOR CHARLES "DOC" BOAS #2


Former college professor Charles Boas performing as a circus clown.Location: South Fulton, TN, US Date taken: May 1961 Photographer: Francis Miller

Former college professor Charles Boas performing as circus clown "Onions" launching skunk-carrying rocket from "Cape Clownaveral."Location: Scottsboro, AL, US Date taken: March 1961 Photographer: Francis Miller
Doc Boas passed away a year ago last November
Photos and Captions from LIFE Magazine

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CIRCO BRANDON--MEXICO (FROM BOB COX) #1


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

CIRCO BRANDON, MEXICO (FROM BOB COX) #2

The Padilla Family






Tuesday, December 30, 2008

BENNER'S AMUSEMENTS FIRE--DEC 21, 2008

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DAYTON, PA ARMSTRONG COUNTY FAIR FAIR 1973

This was our 1st "Professional Garbage Joint"
We purchased it from Paul Goldfarb out on Long Island.
Mr Goldfarb was the gentleman that invented the "Goldfarb Balloon Inflater"
Dayton, PA is a little town nestled in the Hills of Northwestern PA.
We used to joke that tyhe only thing to do in town on Sundays was
to visit the Mister Softee Truck!
But the Fair there was the Armstrong County Fair and they drew over
30,000 people for the week. We must have played that fair at least 4 or 5 years,
Little Richard had the carnival contract.

PENNY BROS CIRCUS 1961

Penny Bros, if I'm not mistaken was owned by George Penny.
The photos were taken by LIFE magazine in the south,
they were part of a story about Charles "Doc" Boas.
I'll post the photos of Doc Boas from this article tomorrow.

PENNY BROS CIRCUS 1961

"part of the satisfied audience on Penny Bros Circus"
Life identifies this shot as the cookhouse on Penny Bros.

Can you identify the three people in this photo?
Leave a comment and tomorrow I'll answer the question my self!



Monday, December 29, 2008


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