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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Thursday, June 4, 2009

CARSON & BARNES POSTCARDS

I happened on these last night in one of Bill's Albums along with the other items I'm posting today. I hope you will find these interesting. Not sure of the year






NEWSPAPER PUBLICITY

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THE GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS--1994




CIRCUS TICKETS

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS 2009

STATE FAIR TIME RAPIDLY APPROACHING!

It's Getting to be that Time of the Year!

HENDRICKS BROS CIRCUS 1994 OPENING DAY #1

The photographer that took these fotos Labled them Open Day 1994
If it is it's the very first day!
Show Producer & Owner Bob Childress
In front of Combo Ticket Office and Concession Trailer.


HENDRICKS BROS CIRCUS 1994 OPENING DAY #2




Bob Childress Motor Coach


HENDRICKS BROS CIRCUS 1994 OPENING DAY #3




And of course, last but not least, the Donnickers and Big Top Spool.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

HENDRICK'S BROS CIRCUS 1994 #1

The person that sent Me these fotos beleives this was opening Day in 1994.
Show's Owner--Mr. Bob Childress.
Who now has The Lewis & Clark Circus touring.





HENDRICK'S BROS CIRCUS--1994 #2

Pre-Show jackpotting!
The three gentlemen at the back of the group are Show Owners Tommy Bentley & Bob Childress and Jim Parker, Clown and Fan, now deceased.
The clown appears to be Elmo Gibb.

Ben Davenport

Show was very well painted!



KELLY-MILLER FIRE -- BOOK ADD ONS!

Here are a couple more pages of the circus boat fire I am trying to resend to see if they come out any better.RJ Reynolds
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Monday, June 1, 2009

BILLY MARTIN'S BIG TOP CIRCUS #1

Not sure of the year. Only year that Billy tried the under-canvas.



BILLY MARTIN'S BIG TOP CIRCUS #2







BILLY MARTIN'S BIG TOP CIRCUS #3











KELLY-MILLER FIRE--1963 #1 (FROM RJ RENYOLDS)

A few years ago I visited Nova Scotia and at the Yarmouth Firefighters Museum I came across a display there of circus material on the 1963 fire and sinking of the Circus Ship Fleurus owned and operated by the Al G, Kelly and Miller Bros. Circus. They had a 16 page booklet about the fire with pictures which I have scanned some for you today.
The shows three elephants and other hoof stock was unloaded from the ship with the use of plank ramps as the ship listed starboard. Cages and other equipment was lifted from the ship by a heavy duty crane that was near the site working on building a new wharf. Show personel and other hands carried what they could grab off the ship
Some show personel escaped with just the clothes on their backs, some of the animals had minor injuries, only one zebra drowned being the only loss of life considering all the hazards faced that day. It was considered, locally at least, to be almost a miracle. RJ Reynolds

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KELLY-MILLER FIRE 1963 #2







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KELLY-MILLER FIRE--1963 #3













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