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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Sunday, August 4, 2013

BACK IN THE DAY

~~~BACK IN THE DAY~~~


PERFORMING HORSES 1924
"Fun on the Farm" was a circus-like show featuring trained horses and bulls. Directed by John M. Kelley and John R. Agee, the show was presented at fairs and in connection with dairy-industry interests, particularly the anti-oleomargarine campaign. This image is of a presentation at the Fond du Lac County Fair. Kelley was a dairyman and former lawyer for Ringling Brothers Circus.
Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Big Show Circus Tent 1934
A crowd of people stand outside a circus tent. The words "Big Show" are emblazoned over the main entrance.
Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Whitbeck Motion Picture Elephants 1947
Pictured are three elephants from Whitbeck Motion Pictures, California, and Robert Zimmerman, assistant secretary of state and board member of Circus Fans Association of America, holding an umbrella over the elephants heads. The elephants are with the Polack Brothers show, sponsored by the Madison Zor Shriners.
Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Setting Up Circus Seating
A group of boys, supervised by adult men, set up wooden folding chairs in a circus tent.
Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society.
 
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Frank B. Miller with Trained Stallion
Frank B. Miller with a trained spotted stallion, sitting on its rear legs, whose trainer was with the Norris & Rowe shows. They were photographed at winter quarters at the fairgrounds.
Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society.

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