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Finding aid of the Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner Circus collection

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 2012

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Rodgers, Ralph
Creator
Turner, Percy, 1907-1984
Title
Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner Circus collection
Collection no.
0388
Date
1930s-1980s
Extent
76.0 Linear feet, 71 boxes, 2 metal trunks
Language
English
Abstract
The Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner Circus Collection documents the collective interests of a circus model builder/ miniature circus owner and a real circus owner who became friends and whose circus memorabilia ended up with a mutual friend who donated them to USC. The collection contains ephemera, correspondence, photographs, books, records, costumes, and a large amount of circus model plans and drawings kept by Ralph Rodgers. A portion of the collection represents the history of the Percy Turner Circus, one of the first circuses owned by an African-American based in the southern California area.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner Circus collection, Collection no. 0388, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical Note: Percy Turner

The Turner Brothers Circus (aka Turner Brothers Dog and Pony show) was created by Percy Turner in 1958. (There are Articles of Incorporation for the Turner Bros. Dog and Pony Show showing a date of June 5, 1959.)

Percy Turner was, by trade, a sign painter in the area of San Diego, California. He and his family had always wanted to have their own circus, so in 1959 they formed their own. They found a local "angel" who was willing to bankroll them. They leased the animals through some contact Turner had in the Paul Eagles Circus Luncheon Club up in Los Angeles. They had a lion, a tiger, two ocelots, an elephant, and several camels. There were clowns, acrobats, a high-wire artist, a dog act and horses, but the Turner family were the only Black members of the troupe. Percy and his wife Joy said that they had never had any Black applicants for jobs in their circus.

The Turners left their successful sign-painting business in Pacific Beach to tour the California coast and were widely successful with audiences. Unfortunately, they had no circus experience and the show was forced to close after they discovered their advance agent was skimming the profits. (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 24 Feb 1998.) Percy Turner went back to sign painting and later lettered some trucks for Circus Vargas when they were in Southern California. Percy Turner kept hoping to find someone else who could provide the financial means to allow him to take out another circus, but his failing health and increased costs prevented him from ever touring again. And though the Turner Bros. Circus officially closed for good on July 4, 1959, Percy and Joy Turner continued to entertain their friends "circus-style"--erecting the cookhouse tent in the backyard for all their local fans, surrounded by the remnants of the dog and pony show that were in various states of repair around the sign shop. Percy Turner died in 1984.

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Biographical Note: Ralph Rodgers

Ralph Rodgers, whose "day job" was as a gas service man for San Diego Gas & Electric, was an avid circus model builder and lifelong circus devotee. He spent his lifetime learning about the circus, following all the circuses--figuratively and later literally-- and becoming friends with many of the well-known circus performers and clowns of the day, many of whom were also model-builders.

Ralph Rodgers' wife, Mary Ann, was supportive of her husband's hobby and also worked with him and attended conventions with him. They had four sons: Patrick, Kevin, Michael, and John-- all of whom had model circuses named after them. The circuses were created in the Rodgers' backyard in El Cajon and reflected Ralph's desire to preserve the form and spirit of the circus during its heyday of the 1920s and 30s.

When Ralph Rodgers passed on in 2006, his sons tried for about a year to place the main Rodgers Bros. circus in a museum. They contacted all of the circus museums in the United States in addition to a couple of circus model museums, but could not generate any interest in their father's circuses. They speculate that one of the reasons may be the sheer number of circus model builders that existed at one time, although the numbers have dwindled like most hobby crafts have.

Michael Rodgers also mentioned that when he and his brothers were growing up, they visited many circus model builders conventions and saw many of the model circuses of their father's friends such as Jim Parker. Many of the models and circuses they saw were "picture perfect" and looked more factory manufactured than the circuses that Ralph Rodgers built out of chiefly "found" materials. Since he was a serviceman for the San Diego Gas and Electric Company, his job afforded him many opportunities to enter vacated homes to check the gas lines and also salvage materials that could be used to build his circuses. For example, the majority of the older circus wagons were constructed from wooden Venetian blinds. Rodgers built all his wagons and train cars from found wood; he also carved all his own circus people and most of the animals. He fashioned the wagon hardware and other parts from tin coffee cans. He would paint toothpaste tube caps, put wire handles on them, and--voila--water buckets. Every year for two weeks in the spring (rain or shine), Rodgers and his sons would set up the circus in the backyard for all the neighborhood kids, dogs, cats, etc. to enjoy and so, over time, the circus took on the look of a working circus. Though some model builders looked down on Rodgers' creations, the model builders who were also "real" circus people admired and appreciated how realistic the Rodgers circuses were.

When the Rodgers sons failed to find an appropriate museum or host for their father's circus, they chose to honor their father's wish-- which was to take it to the desert and burn it if no one wanted it as one complete circus. The circus filled a 10' x 24' storage unit and, while the family did not actually take it out to the desert and burn it, they met at the home of Michael Rodgers along with their nieces and nephews and divided up what they wanted to keep. Then they burned the rest of the stuff while toasting their father through the night, thus folding up the Big Top for the last time.

Images of Rodgers' circus can be viewed online at: http://dreamingincircus.com/media/rr-circus/rr-circus.htm

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Scope and Content

The collection is comprised chiefly of Ralph Rodgers' circus memorabilia and materials related to circus model building. In addition to articles, newsletters, instructions, and photos on model building, Rodgers' own drawings, notes, and photographs are included in the papers. His correspondence with well-known circus performers such as Diamond Jim Parker and John Strong document his close ties to the circus world where he formed many long-lasting friendships. A small portion of the collection relates to Percy Turner, a friend of Ralph Rodgers who had his own circus for a brief time in the 1950s. Rodgers and Turner presumably met through John Strong, a well-known circus performer who had his own circus and is well-represented in this collection's ephemera.

As described in the biographical note on Ralph Rodgers, the large circus artifacts--the actual circuses-- were dismantled and divided up among Rodgers' sons and their families after his death. Fortunately, there are many photographs in this collection which document Rodgers' own miniature circuses as well as the circuses he worked with during the months that he "ran away to join the circus" in his fifties.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2012
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated to USC by Duncan Smith in 2010. Duncan Smith was a friend of both Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner.

Processing Note

This collection was processed with the assistance of Tiffany Chu.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Six boxes of books were included in the donation of this collection. They have been separated from the archival materials to be catalogued individually, but kept together as a donor-based collection. They include both adult and children's books on circuses and circus-related topics.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Big Apple Circus. -- Archives
  • Circus Model Builders International. -- Archives
  • Circus World Museum (Baraboo, Wis.). -- Archives
  • Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. -- Archives
  • Cole Bros. Circus. -- Archives
  • Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. -- Archives
  • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows. -- Archives
  • Sells-Floto Circus. -- Archives
  • Wenatchee Youth Circus. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Audiotapes
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Costumes (character dress)
  • Drawings
  • Ephemera
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Phonograph records
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Slides (photographs)
  • Videotapes

Geographic Name(s)

  • La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.)--History--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Evans, Merle -- Correspondence
  • Hayden, Robert, Dr. -- Archives
  • Jacobs , Lou, 1903-1992 -- Correspondence
  • Kreischer, Lou -- Correspondence
  • MacDougall, Robert -- Correspondence
  • Parker, Jim, 1938-2003 -- Archives
  • Posey, Jake, b. 1863 -- Correspondence
  • Rodgers, Ralph -- Archives
  • Strong, John, d. 1992 -- Correspondence
  • Turner, Percy, 1907-1984 -- Archives
  • Wallenda, Karl -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • African American business enterprises--California--San Diego--Archival resources
  • Amusements--California--History--Archival resources
  • Circus wagons--Archival resources
  • Circus--California--La Jolla--20th century--Archival resources
  • Circus--California--Lakeside--20th century--Archival resources
  • Circus--California--Los Angeles--20th century--Archival resources
  • Circus--Florida--Sarasota--20th century--Archival resources
  • Clowns--Archival resources
  • Popular culture--California, Southern--History--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Circus Model Building 

Scope and Content

This series is the heart of the Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner Circus collection as it consists of the illustrations, notes, diagrams, etc. of Ralph Rodgers himself in the making of his miniature circuses.

 Notes, Plans, and Drawings 

Scope and Content

This subseries consists of Ralph Rodgers' own notes and drawings for his model circuses. Many of the diagrams have mathematical calculations related to size and scale of the wagons, tents, people, etc in the miniature circuses.

Box
1, 2, 3, 57

 Publicity 

Scope and Content

This small subseries contains flyers and other ephemera advertising the Rodgers Bros. Circus.

Box
3

 Plans & Instructions 

Scope and Content

This subseries consists of printed circus model plans and instructions-- some commercial and some drawn by other individuals and photocopied. They consist of construction plans for circus wagons, cages, audience seating, and complete circuses.

Box
4

 Ephemera 

Scope and Content

This subseries consists of ephemera related to Ralph Rodgers' hobby as a circus model builder--particularly stencils, signs, and logos he used for the models, as well as receipts he kept from purchases he made at hobby stores and other places.

Box
4, 58

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Series 2:  Correspondence 

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of correspondence between Ralph Rodgers and his friends and family, as well as a small amount of buisness and professional items. At least half of the letters to Ralph Rodgers are from Jim Parker who was a clown with Ringling Brothers, circus model builder, and close friend of Rodgers. A small amount of the total correspondence consists of letters to other people other than Ralph Rodgers.

 Letters to Ralph Rodgers 

Scope and Content

This subseries consists of two boxes of correspondence to Ralph Rodgers and a few items addressed to both Ralph and Mary Ann (his wife). Some of it is business-related such as form letters from the Circus Hall of Fame and the Chamber of Commerce in Peru, Indiana. One folder contains thank-you notes from school groups and other organizations who "toured" Ralph Rodgers' miniature circus in his back yard in El Cajon, California. The bulk of the series, however, consists of personal correspondence from friends--mainly other circus enthusiasts--including "Diamond Jim" Parker, a fellow model-builder-- but also a famous clown and circus historian who kept in frequent contact with Rodgers.

Box Folder

 Al G Barnes Ring 

Scope and Content

Circus Model Builders

5 1

 Allstate 1997 

5 2

 Amend, Rege 2002 

5 3

 Borders, Gordon 1958-1964 

5 4

 Burger, Bill 2001 

5 4-B

 Caldwell, Jim 1932-1991 

Scope and Content

"Load Lists"

5 5

 Carnival 2003 

5 6

 Carson and Barnes 1959-1997 

5 7

 Carver, Gordon 1971-2002 

5 8

 Circus Chimera 

5 9

 Circus Hall of Fame 1998-2002 

Scope and Content

Peru, Indiana

5 10

 Circus Vargas 1981 

5 11

 Circus World Museum 

5 12

 Clown College 23 July 1976 

5 12-B

 Cook, Russell E. 6 November 1960 

5 12-C

 Dean, Frank 1981 

5 13

 Evans, Merle 15 May 

5 13-B

 Ghirard, Kent 

5 14

 Greeting Cards 

5 15

 Hayden, Robert "Doc" 1982-2002 

5 16

 Heist, Walter G. 13 February 1958 

5 16-B

 Houck, Ralph and Fay 

5 16-C

 Klos, Walter 

5 17

 MacDougall, Bob & Pauline 1982-2006 

5 18

 McMurray, Dean 

5 19

 Miller, Kenneth 1977 

5 20

 Miscellaneous Thank-you Notes 

5 21

 Moreland, Eugene 1973 

5 22

 Parker, Jim (1960s) 1960s 

5 23

 Parker, Jim (1970s part 1) 1970s 

5 24

 Parker, Jim (1970s part 2) 1970s 

5 25

 Parker, Jim (1980s) 1980s 

6 1

 Parker, Jim (1990s) 1990s 

6 2

 Parker, Jim (2000s) 2000s 

6 3--3-B

 Parker, Jim (dates unknown) 

6 4

 Pat Kelly Ring 2006 

6 5

 Reproductions 

6 6

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1967-1982 

6 7

 Rodgers, Kevin 

6 8

 Ralph Rodgers to Family 1978-1979 

6 9

 Ralph Rodgers to Jim Parker 2002 

6 9-B

 Rodgers Family 

6 10

 Rounds, Frank 2003 

6 10-B

 Russell, Ed 6 December 1968 

6 10-C

 Smith, Duncan & Irene 18 October 1977 

6 11

 Southern Sawdust 1962 

6 12

 Turner Bros. Circus 1977 

Scope and Content

Irene & Duncan Smith Joy & Percy Turner

6 13

 Waldon, Tony 1980-1985 

6 14

 Miscellaneous 

6 15

 Other Letters 

Scope and Content

This subseries consists of letters to other recipients from many different people, including Ralph Rodgers himself. Many of the letters from Ralph Rodgers are those to his wife and son in the late 1970s when he "took off to join the circus." In them, he describes the daily activities of the circuses with which he associated as well as his homesickness and love for his wife, "Baby Doll." Most of the other letters are to clown Lou Kreischer from several different people including renown clowns Mark Anthony and Lou Jacobs.

Box Folder

 To Buck from Russel Tully 1958 

Scope and Content

Circus Model Builders

7 1

 To Dave Fulwiler from U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego 1967 

Scope and Content

Lou Kreischer Clowns

7 2

 To Lou Kreischer from Tim 1980 

7 3

 To Lou Kreischer from Mark Anthony 1974 

7 4

 To Lou Kreischer from Merle Evans 1966 

7 5

 To Lou Kreischer from Lou Jacobs 1969-1972 

7 6

 To Lou Kreischer from Elsie Jung 18 May 1965 

Scope and Content

Note from aerialist and equestrian Elsie Jung thanking Kreischer for his condolences regarding the death of her husband, noted clown Paul Jung. (Jung was found murdered in his hotel room during a Ringling Brothers engagement at Madison Square Garden in April 1965).

7 7

 To Lou Kreischer from Jake Posey 1953 

7 8

 To Lou Kreischer from Richard Rouse (Mother Goose Parade Assoc.) 1973 

7 9

 To Lou Kreischer from M.L. Snyder 1967 

7 10

 To Lou Kreischer- Misc. 1970 

7 11

 To Lou Kreischer and Andy Kennedy from Edgemoor Employee's Club 1967 

7 12

 To Zula Ralph from Various 1940s 

Scope and Content

This folder contains documents and ephemera pertaining to Zula Ralph, all dated in the 1940s. There is a letter from the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America asking "Mr. and Mrs. Ralph" for the address of their son, James G. Ralph. Also included in this folder are several letters and applications from the San Diego County Department of Public Welfare, a letter from the American Red Cross, and several greeting cards.

7 13

 To Percy Turner from Ralph Rodgers 1976 

Scope and Content

Short note to Percy Turner from Ralph Rodges with Turner's check being returned to him with "thanks"-- but they didn't really need the money for the dinner that they had.

7 14

 To Mr. Shields from Robert Good 1955 

7 15

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Series 3:  Publications 

Scope and Content

This series consists of magazines, souvenir programs, coloring books, newsletters, etc. arranged alphabetically, mostly by name of circus. Newspapers are included in the series "Clippings."

Box

 Aahmes Shrine Circus 1951 

8

 Al G. Barnes and Sells-Floto 1938 

8

 Al G. Barnes Big 4 Ring Wild Animal Circus 

8

 Al Kader Shrine Circus 1953, 1956, 1957 

8

 Al Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus 1963, 88 

8

 American Circus Calendar 1990-2006 

8

 American Circus Posters 1978 

14

 American International 3-Ring Circus 

8

 American Youth 1974 

8

 Amusement Business 1963-71 

8

 Animal-Book 

8

 Animal Kingdom Oct/Nov 1974 

8

 Argosy 1961, 1962 

8

 Atlas of World History 1997 

8

 Bandwagon 1946 - 2005 

8, 22, 23

 Barnes Bros. Circus 1948 

8

 The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth - Libretto 

8

 Beckmann & Geretty Shows 1940s 

8

 Beggs Wagon Co. 

8

 Bentley Bros. Circus 1989 

8

 Big Apple Circus 2002-2003 

8

 Big International 3 Ring 

8

 Big John Strong Circus 

8

 The Billboard 1941 

8

 Bolshoi Circus 1970 

8

 Book of Spiels and Stunt Promoter 

8

 Boys Life Nov 1981 

8

 Buffalo Bill's Wild West 1971 

8

 Collier's July 20, 1941 

8

 Canadian International 3-Ring Circus 

8

 Canadian Tire Presents Gong Gong 

21

 Carousel 1975-2001 

8

 Carson & Barnes Circus 

8

 Circo Atayde Hnos. 1964, 1966 

8

 Circo Union 1938 

8

 Circus! 

8

 Circus America 

8

 Circus Coloring Book 

8

 Circus Hall of Fame 

8

 Circus Life in Pictures 

8

 Circus Model Builders 1960, 1968 

8

 The Circus Modeler Sept - Oct 1945 

8

 The Circus Monthly Illustrated Sept 1, 1961 

9

 Circus Report 1972-2004 

9

 Circus Review 1953, 1956, 1957 

9

 Circus Trains Trucks & Models 

9

 Circus Vargas 1976-95 

9

 Circus World Museum 1963-93 

9-11

 Circus World Museum- calendar 

14

 Classic Toy Trains Nov 2004 

10

 Climax Jan 1961 

10

 Clown Alley 1955 

10

 Clown Calendar 1969 

10

 Clyde Beatty Circus 1961- 

10

 Clyde Beatty - Cole Bros. Circus 1936-2003 

10

 Cole Bros. Circus 1939-2004 

10

 Cristiani Bros. Circus 

10

 The Desert Song 1948 

10

 Echo April 1964 

10

 Edgewater Beach Hotel 1960 

10

 Egypt Temple Shrine Circus 1994 

10

 Emmett Kelly, Jr. Calendar 1990, 1993, 1995 

Scope and Content

Three color calendars featuring famous clown, Emmett Kelly, Jr.

35

 Esquire July 1971 

10

 Eugene Shrine Club Polack Bros. Circus 1955, 1958 

10

 Focus on the Family 2002 

10

 Ford Truck Times 1973 

10

 Franzen Bros. Circus Coloring Book 1984 

21

 Friends 1953 

10

 Gauge Rail-Roading 

10

 Gibsonton Circus 1989, 91 

10

 Good Old Days July 1990 

10

 Great American Circus 1989 

10

 Great Circus Parade 

10

 The Great Moscow Circus 1994-1995 

10

 Grotto Circus 1954-1956 

10

 Guideposts July 1983 

10

 Holiday July 1950 

15

 Home & Highway 1954 

10

 Hoxie Bros. Circus 1980 

10

 International 3-Ring Circus 1976-80 

10

 [Japanese Publications] 

10, 15

 Jungleland Coloring Book 

10

 Kaye Bros. Indoor Circus 

10

 King Bros Circus 1947, 1950 

10

 The King O Pole 1957, 1960 

10

 Kiss me Kate 

10

 Knie 

10

 Liberty 1937, 1947 

10

 Life 1941-1980 

Scope and Content

8 April 1946: "Life Visits the Circus in Florida"

9 February 1962: "High Tension, High Wire, Great Wallendas: Will They Make It?" (part by Karl Wallenda)

30 March 1962: "Tiny World of Big Top: A Model Circus That Has Everything" (2 issues)

20 February 1970: "The Funniest College on Earth" by William Zinsser

March 1980: "The Mighty Mickey: A Great Old Pro Burlesques It Up On Broadway" by Jim Watters and Gregory Heisler (photographer)

15, 16

 The Life of Tom Mix 1936, 1937 

10

 Lionel 1974 

10

 Little Circus Wagon 1957-2006 

11, 24, 25

 Look 1953-1954 

Scope and Content

28 July 1953: "Circus Story"

26 January 1954: "Safari" by Ernest Hemingway

29 June 1954: "Circus Girl"

16

 LuluTemple Shrine Circus 1942 

11

 Magic Coloring Book 

16

 Martin Bros Trained Animal Circus 

11

 Mechanix Illustrated Aug. 1938 

11

 Midian Temple's Shrine Circus 1946 

11

 Mike's Model Shop Calendar 1984 

11

 MISC. A - B 

11

 MISC. C 

11

 MISC. D - I 

11

 MISC. J - S 

12

 Model Circus Builders 

12

 Model Railroader July 1946 

12

 Mountain Gorillas in the Zoological Garden (San Diego Zoo) 1931-1940 

12

 National Geographic School Bulletin April 1967 

12

 National Geographic World Sept. 1982 

12

 National Wildlife 1974 

12

 Notre Dame vs. Great Lakes Nov. 3, 1943 

12

 The Old West May 21, 1990 

12

 Orange Show 1964 

12

 Oregon Electric Railway Oct. 23, 1955 

12

 The Outdoor Showsman 1969 

12

 The Pickle Family Circus 

12

 Polack Bros. Circus 1946-1973 

12, 16

 Polack Bros. Shrine Circus 1943 

12

 Popular Science 1933, 1937, 1940 

12

 Picture Post Jan 11, 1947 

16

 Post 26 October 1963 

Scope and Content

"Soviet Circus Wows the U.S.A." by Bill Ballantine

16

 Railroad April 1956 

12

 Railroad Magazine 1946 

12

 Railroad Model Craftsman Sept 1970 

12

 Readers Digest March 1976 

12

 Ready Made Signs for Safety 

12

 The Reithoffer Dynasty circa 1978 

Scope and Content

2 copies of "A New Ride Reference Book."

16

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus- Braille 

Scope and Content

16- page booklet in Braille. Title and description on the front cover: "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents the 100th Edition of THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, Produced by Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld, RED UNIT, Embossed by National Brailled Press, Boston Massachusetts."

57

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1936-2005 

12, 17-21

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows 

12

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows (Calendar) 1987 

12

 Robbins Bros. Circus with Hoot Gibson 1938 

12

 Roberts Bros. Circus 1991-1994 

19

 Royal American Shows 

12

 Rudy Bros. Circus 1964 

12, 19

 Russell Bros Big 3-Ring Circus 1942 

12

 Saga: The Magazine for Men May 1962 

12

 Sarasota International Circus Festival & Parade 1992-97 

12

 Sawdust Trail 1949 

12

 Show Business Illustrated Oct. 1961 

12

 Showfolks of Sarasota 1978-95 

13

 Shrine Circus April 1948 

13

 Shrine Club Polack Bros. Circus 1953 

13

 Southern Sawdust 1962-79 

13

 Star Circus Supplies Catalogue 

13

 Statet Farm Calendar 1973 

13

 Taronga Park 

13

 Texaco Calendar 1967, 1972 

13

 Tom Mix Circus 

13

 The Train Yard July/August 1992 

13

 True: the Man's Magazine August 1955 

13

 Vecko Tournalen 

13

 Wallace Bros. Circus 

13

 Wenatchee Youth Circus 1968-77 

13

 The White Tops 1933-95, 2001-2002 

13

 Wild West December 1996 

13

 Wisconsin Dells Territory 1981 

13

 Yankee Patterson Benefit Circus April, 1941 

13

 Zooznooz 1964-82 

13

 0-Gauge Rail-Roading June, 1992 

13

 101 Ranch Wild West Circus 

13

 The 1994 Indoor Circus Spectacular 

13

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Series 4:  Subject Files 

Scope and Content

The files in this series are organized into two chief subseries: by name of circus and by topic. Within each subseries, the files are arranged alphabetically. The circus files contain articles, clippings, ephemera, etc. pertaining to specific circuses such as Clyde Beatty or Ringling Brothers. The subject files consist mainly of articles and ephemera on topics such as circus animals, clowns, etc. There is some overlap with the series called "Clippings" so both series should be consulted if researching a particular circus or topic.

 Circus Subject Files 

Box Folder

 Al G. Barnes Circus 

26 1

 Big John A. Strong Circus 

26 2

 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show 

26 3

 Carson & Barnes Circus 

26 4

 Circus Vargas 

26 5

 Clyde Beatty Circus 

26 6

 Clyde Beatty & Cole Bros. Circus 

26 7

 Cole Bros. Circus 

26 8

 Cristiani-Wallace Bros. Circus 

26 9

 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus 

26 10

 Europorama 

26 11

 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 

26 12

 Hoxie Bros. Circus 

26 13

 Hunt Bros. 

26 14

 James Bros. 

26 15

 Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus 

26 16

 Kreischer Bros. Circus 

26 17

 King Bros. 

26 18

 Lewis Bros. Circus 

26 19

 Mills Bros. 

26 20

 Moscow Circus 

26 21

 Pickle Family Circus 

26 22

 Polack Bros. Circus 

26 23

 P.T. Barnum 

26 24

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1 of 3) 

26 25

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (2 of 3) 

26 26

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (3 of 3) 

26 27

 Roger Bros. 

26 28

 Sells-Floto Circus 

26 29

 Shrine Circus 

26 30

 Turner Bros. (1 of 16) 

26 31

 Turner Bros. (2 of 16) 

26 32

 Turner Bros. (3 of 16) 

26 33

 Turner Bros. (4 of 16) 

26 34

 Turner Bros. (5 of 16) 

26 35

 Turner Bros. (6 of 16) 

26 36

 Turner Bros. (7 of 16) 

26 37

 Turner Bros. (8 of 16) 

26 38

 Turner Bros. (9 of 16) 

26 39

 Turner Bros. (10 of 16) 

26 40

 Turner Bros. (11 of 16) 

26 41

 Turner Bros. (12 of 16) 

26 42

 Turner Bros. (13 of 16) 

26 43

 Turner Bros. (14 of 16) 

26 44

 Turner Bros. (15 of 16) 

26 45

 Turner Bros. (16 of 16) 

26 46

 Topic Subject Files 

Box Folder

 The American Circus Corporation 

26 47

 Animals 

26 48

 Brochures 

26 49

 Carla Wallenda Fan Club 

26 50

 Cartoons 

26 51

 Circus Acts 

27 1

 Circus Fans Association 

27 2

 Circus Hall of Fame 

27 3

 Circus Historical Society 

27 4

 Circus History 

27 5

 Circusiana 

27 6

 Circus Model Builders (1 of 3) 

27 7

 Circus Model Builders (2 of 3) 

27 8

 Circus Model Builders (3 of 3) 

27 9

 Circus Organizations and Societies (Misc.) 

27 10

 Circus World Museum (1 of 2) 

27 11

 Circus World Museum (2 of 2) 

27 12

 Clowns 

27 13

 Jungleland 

27 14

 Knott's Berry Farm 

27 15

 Miniature Carousel Builders (1 of 2) 

Scope and Content

White binder, newsletter titled "Horse Tales"

27 16

 Miniature Carousel Builders (2 of 2) 

Scope and Content

White binder, newsletter titled "Horse Tales"

27 17

 Miscellaneous 

27 18

 Old Milwaukee Days 

27 19

 Peru, Indiana 

27 20

 Posey, Jake (1 of 5) 

27 21

 Posey, Jake (2 of 5) 

27 22

 Posey, Jake (3 of 5) 

27 23

 Posey, Jake (4 of 5) 

27 24

 Posey, Jake (5 of 5) 

27 25

 Ringling Museum 

27 26

 San Diego 

27 27

 Tickets- Misc. (A-J) 

27 28

 Tickets- Misc. (L-W) 

27 29

 Tickets- Misc. (Single Tickets) 

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Series 5:  Clippings 

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of articles, ads, etc. clipped from magazines and newspapers as well as a few entire newspapers such as The Daily Californian (1978, 1986). Like the subject files, the clippings files are organized both by circus and by topic, in additiion to some complete newspapers and several scrapbooks.

 Newspapers 

Box

 The Daily Californian 14 January 1986 

Scope and Content

This newspaper is a complete edition, with the front section (and front page) featuring an article on Ralph Rodgers and his miniature circus replicas, part of one which is depicted in a photograph. The second page features a photograph of Ralph Rodgers himself and includes the story of how he, after he retired from San Diego Gas & Electric, actually ran away to the circus for a few months. 3 copies.

28
Map-case Drawer

 The Morning Oregonian 3 Nov 1905 

6 2
Box Folder

 The Asahigraph 25 Nov 1925 

Scope and Content

24- page pictorial newspaper in Japanese with a few English captions.

57 1

 Clippings Organized by Circus 

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 Adam Forepaugh Show 

29

 Al G. Barnes Circus 

29

 Al G. Barnes & Sells-Floto Combined Circus 18 & 19 November 1938 

29

 Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. 

29

 Allen Bros. Circus 

29

 The American Crown Circus 1998 

29

 Arthur Bros. Circus 

29

 Barnum & Bailey 

29

 Barnum's Kaleidoscope 2000 

Scope and Content

UTC La Jolla Jan 19-Feb 11, 2000 "On the 19th of January Kevin and I searched all over La Jolla Show and never found--think they cancelled the date"

29

 Beers-Barnes Circus 

29

 Bentley Bros. Circus 

29

 Big Apple Circus 2000 

Scope and Content

Stage Show May 30-June 4, 2000

29

 Big John Strong 1968-1995 

29

 Campbell Bros. Circus 

29

 Carla Wallenda Circus 

29

 Cheval Theatre 4 October 2001 

Scope and Content

Equestrian Extravaganza! Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

30
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 Carson & Barnes Circus 1966-1995 

28, 30

 Christy Bros. Circus 

30

 Circus Chimera 2000 

Scope and Content

Lemon Grove, CO November 1 & 2, 2000

Alpine, CA February 24-26

30

 Circus Royale 

30

 Circus USA 

30

 Cirque Du Soleil 1987-2004 

31

 Cirque Eloize 2002 

Scope and Content

Escondido Performing Arts Center October 24-27, 2002

31

 Cirque Ingenicux 1998 

Scope and Content

San Diego, CA November 25-29, 1998

31
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 Circus Vargas 1979-2003 

30, 31

 Cristiani Bros. Circus 

Scope and Content

San Diego, CA September 4-6, 1958

28, 31

 Clyde Beatty Circus 

28, 31

 Clyde Beatty Railroad Circus 1956 

31

 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus 1966-1995 

31

 Cole Bros. Circus 

Scope and Content

El Mira, NY June 10-?, probably early 1940s

31

 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus 

31

 Downie Bros. Circus 

31

 Dream Clown Circus 1991 

31

 Fern Street Circus 

Scope and Content

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA May 27-June 4

31

 Franzen Bros. Circus 

31

 Gainesville Community Circus 

Scope and Content

Texas

31

 Golden Bros. Circus 

31

 Gollman Bros. 1910 

31

 The Great Moscow Circus 1994 

Scope and Content

San Diego, CA Wednesday October 12-Sunday October 16, 1994 "A very remarkable show"

31

 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 

31

 Hoxie Bros. Circus 

31

 Hunt Bros. 

31

 International Circuses 

28

 Jett's Petting Zoo 1970 

31

 John A. Strong 

28

 Jordan International Circus 1993-1995 

Scope and Content

Lakeside, CO November 3-5, 1995 Al Bahr Shrine

31

 Kaye Continental Circus 

28, 31

 Kelly-Miller Bros. Circus 

31

 King Bros. Circus 

31

 Lemon Bros. Circus 

31

 Liebel's Circus 

31

 Mighty Haag Circus 

31

 Miscellaneous Circuses 

29, 33

 Monroe Bros. Circus 

29

 Plunket Bros. Circus 

31

 Polack Bros. Circus 

31

 Polack Bros. Circus-Rudy Bros. Circus 

31

 Ralph Rodgers 

31

 Reid Bros. Circus 

31

 Rice Bros.-Allen King Circus 

31

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1939-2005 

29, 33, 34

 Robbins Circus 7 October 1938 

Scope and Content

Tampa, FL

34

 Roberts Bros. Circus 

34

 Roller Bros. Circus 

34

 Royal American 

29

 Royal Lipizzan Stallion Show 1970 

Scope and Content

Sports Arena July 7-9, 1970

34

 Russell Bros. 1940s 

34

 Sells-Floto Circus 

34

 Sells and Grey Circus 

34

 Sparks Circus 

34

 St. Louis Shrine Circus 

34

 Tom Mix Circus 

34

 United Nations Circus 20 April 1963 

Scope and Content

Manchester, GA

34

 Vidbel Olde Tyme Circus 

34

 Wallace Bros. Circus 

34

 Buffalo Bill's 101 Ranch Wild West Show 

34

 Zerbini Circus 

34

 Clippings Organized by Topic 

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 Accidents 

29

 Animals 

29

 African-Americans 

29

 Amusement Parks 

29

 Cartoons 

29

 Circus Animals 

29

 Circus Ads 

29

 Circus Bands 

29

 Circus Memories/History 

29

 Circus Organizations 

29

 Circus Pages 

29

 Circus People 

29

 Circus Performers 

30

 Circus Routes 

30

 Circus Wagons and Trains 

30

 Clowns 

30

 Cowboys 

30

 Festivals and Fairs 

30

 Hawaii 

30

 Joining the Circus 

30

 Jungleland 

30

 Miscellaneous 

30

 Miscellaneous (1930s) 

30

 Miscellaneous (1940s) 

30

 Models and Model Builders 

30

 Rodger Bros. Circus 

29, 34

 Sideshows 

30

 Wallendas 

30

 Wild Animal Shows and Parks 

30

 Women 

30

 Scrapbooks 

 A: Al G. Barnes; Al G. Barnes-Sells Floto 

Scope and Content

Wagons, Trucks

Wagon Lists, Loading Lists

History

Tent Info

R.R. Cars

General Info

Box
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Binder
1

 B: Barnum; Barnum & Bailey 

Scope and Content

Wagons, Trucks

Wagon Lists, Loading Lists

Parade Lists

History

Tent Info

R.R. Cars

General Info

Box
35
Binder
2

 D: Dailey Bros.; Downie Bros. 

Scope and Content

Dailey Bros:

Wagons, Trucks

Wagon Lists, Loading Lists

History

Tent Info

R.R. Cars

General Info

Downie Bros:

Wagons, Trucks

Wagon Lists, Loading Lists

History

Tent Info

R.R. Cars

General Info

Banner Lines

Box
35
Binder
3

 R: Robbins Bros. 

Scope and Content

Wagons, Trucks

Wagon Lists, Loading Lists

History

Tent Info

R.R. Cars

General Info

Box
35
Binder
4
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 Newspaper Photographs 1 & 2 

Scope and Content

Photograph album-style scrapbooks with black pages. Newspaper photos of circus performers and circus scenes from the 1930s.

35

 Newspaper Photographs 2 

35

 Newspaper Photographs 3 1950s-1960s 

Scope and Content

Soft-cover (paper) scrapbook of mainly loose clippings of magazine and newspaper articles and photos. Clippings were kept within the pages of the scrapbook rather than dispersed to clipping files by circus or topic in order to preserve the context and time period in which they were collected.

35

 Newspaper Photographs 4 1950s-1960s 

Scope and Content

Soft-cover (paper) scrapbook (missing back cover) containing newspaper photos, ads, and short articles pertaining to the circus. Circuses represented include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Clyde Beatty, Big John Strong, James Bros., King Bros., Cristiani Bros., and Bell Bros.

35

 Newspaper Photographs 5 1930s 

Scope and Content

Fragile scrapbook with very brittle & crumbling pages. Most of the pages consist of newspaper photographs of circus animals, performers, and circus scenes from the 1930s. Some of the pages have pencil and crayon drawings of circus wagons and other structures, presumably drawn by Ralph Rodgers. There are many loose clippings near the back of the scrapbook (not glued to the pages).

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Series 6:  Photographs 

Scope and Content

This large series consists of 7 boxes of photographs and negatives, and 22 photo albums. Most of the photo albums are not labeled and are given artificial numbers for the purpose of matching the location of the photo album with its descriptive information. The photographs which are in files rather than in albums are organized by topic or circus, with "sets" of photographs kept together as they were in their original envelopes whenever possible. The files are arranged alphabetically.

 Photo Albums 

Box

 Photo Album "1" 1970s (Most) 

Scope and Content

Most of the photos are in plastic photo pages in a green 3-ring binder. Pages at the back are green scrapbook pages with photos glued directly onto the paper. Most of the photos are candid color photos of circus events and animals (1970s?); the business card of Lou Kreischer is in one of the photo pockets. There are some black and white 8 x 10 photos in the album also including many of clowns. One of them is autographed to "Lou" by Diamond Jim Parker. Most of the 8 x 10 photos as well as those pasted on green paper are of clowns.

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 Photo Album "2" 1908-1946 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. The first twenty-six photos appear to be of a Ringling Brothers circus parade in 1909. People are riding horses, elephants, and camels in the parade. There are nine small black and white photos of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in 1920. Next, there are 12 parade photos of the Ringling Bros. Circus in 1908 taken in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The following 20 photos depict the ruins after a fire of a RB & BB circus in Hartford, Connecticut in 1944. The last 13 photos in the album are RB & BB circus wagons in Greenville, South Carolina in 1946.

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 Photo Album "3" 1900-1942 

Scope and Content

This album is a 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. The first group of 12 photos is labeled "Christy Wagon Set." The next 14 photos are labeled "World Jungle Compound Set: Thousand Oaks, CA." The following 4 photos are of Al G. Barnes circus wagons in 1934. The remainder of the album consists of photos from the Forepaugh & Sells Bros. Circus (circa 1900), Cole Bros. Circus (1942), and the Sells-Floto Circus (undated, but starring Tom Mix).

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 Photo Album "4" 1930-1973 

Scope and Content

This album consists of two green 3-ring binders with plastic photo pages. The photos are pasted onto black paper. The photos are of different types of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus wagons. There are several sheets of folded paper tucked into the front pocket of the first green binder (Album 4 part 1). Most of the photos in the album are labeled--the papers contain a key for this labeling system and give a description and a date for each photo.

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 Photo Album "5" 1916-1943 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. The first eighteen photos are of Al G. Barnes circus wagons, animals, and signs, taken in 1939. The next twenty-four photos, taken in 1934, depict Al G. Barnes wagons, signs, and elephants. Two of the photos in the set show a tent being set up. Then there are thirty-nine photos from 1935 of Cole Bros. as well as Cole Bros. with Clyde Beatty Circus wagons and signs. The set also includes several photos of animals. The following nine photos depict a 1939 Cole Bros. circus and parade. Then there are eleven photos of LaTena Circus horses and wagons in Ithaca, New York on May 19, 1916. There are three photos of Howe’s Great London Circus, all from 1920, in different states: Carlisle, PA; Sikeston, MO; East Port, ME. Then there are ten photos of horses dragging Sparks circus wagons and people at Sparks Circus in Ithaca, NY in 1916. The next photo page contains a letter handwritten on lined notebook paper. The letter is dated 1943 and is two pages long; the second page has writing on both sides. It was written by F.M. Farrell to J.A. Shields in Ithaca, NY and appears to be a response to a request for photos of LaTena and Sells-Floto circuses. The writer also describes a 1923 Al G. Barnes and a 1943 Cole Bros. show he saw. After the letter, there are forty-four photos from 1917 in different New York and Massachusetts cities. They show R.T. Richards circus performers, animals, and wagons. Next, there is one photo of what appears to be an advertisement for a Howe’s Great London show in Haverhill, Massachusetts, taken in 1920. There are nine Sells-Floto photos from Ithaca, NY in 1919. The last set of photos in the album are of Hagenbeck-Wallace wagons in 1934.

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 Photo Album "6" 1927-1938 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. First, there are seven photos of Campbell Bros. performers, animals, and advertisements. Then there are twenty-four photos, including some of Cole Bros. trains, horses, and performers. The next fifteen photos depict Arthur Bros. trains, train cars, and tents. Next, there are thirty-five photos of Al G. Kelly and Miller Bros. trucks, animals, and performers. There is a set of thirty-five photos of Robbins Bros. wagons containing animals or on trains. The next set, from 1927, also depicts the Robbins Bros. Circus in what seems like a parade. The set also includes a few photos of animals and of wagons being unloaded from trains. Then there are six photos of Sells-Floto wagons in Long Beach, CA. There are thirteen photos of Hagenback-Wallace wagons in Long Beach in 1938. The last eight photos in the album show a Robbins Bros. parade.

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 Photo Album "7" 1922-1946 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. The first photo page contains a two-sided handwritten 1946 letter from Charles Philip Fox to J.A. Shields regarding a photo trade agreement. There seem to have been several photos of various circuses (including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Hagenbeck-Wallace, Al G. Barnes and Sells-Floto) enclosed with the letter. The first eleven photos are of spectators, animals, and wagons at a Cole Bros. Circus in 1937. Then there are twenty-five photos of Hagenbeck-Wallace wagons, horses, and a parade. Next are sixteen photos of a 1923 circus parade. There are eight photos of John Robinson Circus workers in 1922. The following eight photos depict Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus horses in 1936. These photos are labeled “from CP Fox” and are presumably some of the photos mentioned in the letter at the front of the album. After that, there are twenty-two photos from 1922 of a Sparks Circus parade and wagons, camels, zebras, and elephants. Then there are eighteen photos from 1925 of Sells-Floto clowns, performers, and spectators. The last fourteen photos are of a Sparks Circus parade.

36

 Photo Album "8" 1939-1969 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. All of the photos depict Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train cars and tractors. There are a few sheets of paper tucked into the back of the binder. These papers use the letter-number labels handwritten on the photos to match each photo with a description and a date.

36

 Photo Album "9" 1929-1937 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. The first thirty-six photos are of Al G. Barnes circus animals, mostly elephants, horses, zebras, and camels. Then there are fifteen photos from 1937 of Al G. Barnes and Sells-Floto wagons that contain animals. The next sixty photos are of the Al G. Barnes and Sell-Floto Combined Circus, taken in approximately 1929. Most of the photos in this set are of wagons.

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 Photo Album "10" 1903-1946 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. The first set of photos is from 1938. They depict Robbins Bros. wagons on trains, people watching the trains getting unloaded, and a circus parade. The next twenty-one photos, from 1946, are of Clyde Beatty train cars and elephants. Then there is a set of twenty-six photos, some of a Clyde Beatty and Russell Bros. performance, others of circus trucks and animals. The following set of photos is of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1914. Most of these photos depict performers on horseback and horses pulling wagons. There is also what seems to be a holiday card from 1951 with a photo of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1903 on it. Then there are five photos of a 1913 Gentry Bros. Dog and Pony Show; a photo of Ringling Bros. horses pulling a wagon in Cincinnati, OH in 1917; a photo of an 1897 parade with lots of elephants, labeled “Adam H. Paul”; and a photo from 1922 of Howe’s Great London horses and a wagon.

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 Photo Album "11" 1917-1948 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos pasted onto black paper inside the photo pages. The first seventy-one photos are from 1945. They consist of Dailey Bros. advertisements, trains, circusgoers, performers, and elephants. The next twelve photos were taken at Fair for Britain in 1948 and the Terrell Jacobs Circus in 1942. These photos are mainly of elephants, performers, and the circus tents. Next, there are two photos of Robbins Bros. wagons and a Clyde Beatty train, taken in 1938. Then there is one 1922 photo of a Gollman Bros. circus. There are two photos from 1935 of the Rice Bros. Circus, then three photos of a Downie Bros. parade and trucks. There is one 1941 photo of what appears to be a Cole Bros. float. The following three photos were taken in 1924 and are of Sells-Floto animals and wagons. The next two are photos from 1926, of a wall of Christy Bros. advertisements. There is a blank page, then three photos of a Barnum & Bailey parade and train at Birmingham, Alabama in 1917. Next are two 1938 photos of Al G. Barnes and Sells-Floto train cars in Tennessee. Then there are six photos of Budweiser horses in San Diego in 1947. Lastly, there are six photos from a fair in 1946 that are not associated with any particular circus.

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 Photo Album "12" 1915-1938 

Separated Materials note

This album is a 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. The first nine photos are of the John Robinson Circus in 1925. Then there are forty-nine photos of Sells-Floto wagons, tents, workers, horses, and other animals in 1926. Next are seventeen photos of a 1915 Sells-Floto ticket office and workers, performers, and wagons. The following twenty photos depict horses and Hagenbeck-Wallace wagons. After that are seventeen photos of Cole Bros. animals and wagons in 1936. The next twenty-two photos are of Cole Bros. horses, elephants, wagons, and spectators in 1935. Then there are eight 1915 photos of Sells-Floto performers, elephants, and other animals. The next set of nine photos is also of the Sells-Floto circus, but in 1917. The set includes photos of a parade and spectators. Next are eleven photos of a 1938 Robbins Bros. parade and performances in a tent. Then there are fourteen photos of Howe’s Great London wagons, spectators, and clowns in 1921. The last twelve photos in the album show Christy Bros. wagons and caged animals.

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 Photo Album "13" 1910-1942 

Scope and Content

This album is a 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. The first sixty-two photos are of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus from 1933 to 1938. Most are of wagons, and a few are of animals, mostly teams of horses. The next forty-two photos depict Robbins Bros. trains, wagons, and animals in 1938. Then there are fifteen photos of a 1939 Cole Bros. Circus parade. After that are three photos of what seems to be a Col. Palmers parade. Next are twelve photos of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East Show. There are ten photos of a 1910 Yankee Robinson parade and some clowns. The last twenty photos are of the Terrell Jacobs Wild Animal Circus, taken in Ontario, Canada in 1942. They show elephants, campers, wagons, and the entrance to the circus.

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 Photo Album "14" 1937-1941 

Scope and Content

This album is a 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. The first thirty photos are mostly of Cole Bros. train cars in 1941. The next twenty-eight photos are mostly of 1937 Cole Bros. wagons. One of them depicts a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey wagon. The following twenty-five photos depict 101 Ranch Wild West advertisements, trains, animals, and wagons. Then there are eleven photos of Al G. Barnes and Sells-Floto trains, wagons, and elephants, taken in 1937. Lastly, there are fifty photos of Al G.. Barnes trains, wagons, and horses.

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 Photo Album "15" 1936-1952 

Scope and Content

This album is a 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. At the beginning of the album are two typed sheets of paper that appear to be a Cole Bros. inventory list of wagons and animals from 1944 and 1939. The first five photos are of Clyde Beatty performers. Then there are twelve photos, mostly of Cole Bros. workers and train cars. Next are eight photos of a hippo named “Puddles” taken in 1943 in San Diego, CA. Then there are nine photos of Cole Bros. elephants, camels, and horses in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1939. The following set of fifteen photos depicts a James M. Cole Circus parade in the same city, also in 1939. Then there are fifteen more photos of the Cole Bros. Circus in 1947, mostly showing trucks. There are twenty photos of Wirth Circus performers in Allentown, PA in 1947. Next are fourteen photos, mostly of Sparks Circus trucks and performers in 1947. After that, there twelve photos of the Holland Dutch Classic Circus in Allentown, PA in 1942, then nine photos of the Prof. Geo Keller Wild Animal Act in 1944, also in Allentown, PA. There are two typed pages of what appear to be lists of photographs, dated 1939 and 1936. After that are sixteen photos of the Cole Bros. Circus in Marshfield, WI in 1939. There are twelve photos, mostly of lions and tigers performing in a large cage from the Terrell Jacobs Wild Animal Act in Atlantic City, 1941. The following seven photos are of the Jack Hoxie Circus in 1937. There are twenty photos depicting the Col. Tim McCoy Real Wild West show. Then there is a typed list of what appear to be descriptions of photographs. Next, there are twenty-six 1952 photos of King Bros.-Cristiani trucks and a parade. Then there are eight photos of the Wallace Bros. circus and performers in 1944. Then there are photos of animals and spectators from the Parker-Watts Circus in 1939, the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1937, the Dailey Bros. Circus in 1947, and finally the Clyde Beatty Circus in 1945.

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 Photo Album "16" 1899-1937 

Scope and Content

This album is a 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. There are several lists of descriptions of photos available for sale tucked into the front pocket of the album. The first six photos in the album are of women on horses, from the Cole Bros. Circus in 1935. Next are fifteen photos of a Sparks Circus parade in 1927. Then there are fifteen photos of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in Decater, IL. There are two photos from the Terrell Jacobs Circus in 1912. Next are fourteen photos of 1938 Hagenbeck-Wallace elephants, tents, and trains. The following twenty photos are smaller, mostly of Al G. Barnes animals. Then there are six 1912 photos of Howe’s Great London show in Ontario. There are eight photos of the Buffalo Bill show in 1911, then five of Forepaugh and Sells Bros. tents in 1910, three of the Ringling Bros. Circus in 1913, and three of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1912. There is one photo each of a 1934 Hagenbeck-Wallace animal wagon; a 1929 Sparks Circus in Milwaukee, WI; Walter Main Circus flats being unloaded in 1918; Gollmar Bros. elephants in 1910; 101 Ranch Wild West Side Show spectators in 1911; and a 1910 Howe’s Great London tent. Then there are three photos of the John Robinson Circus in 1899 and 1901, one photo of 1914 Sells-Floto spectators in California, and finally three photos taken in Birmingham, AL of a Barnum & Bailey wagon and spectators in 1913 and 1901.

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 Photo Album "17" 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages. On the bottom half of each page in the album is one photo of a circus wagon. The top half of each page contains a detailed description of the wagon typed on yellow paper. There are many types of wagons from various circuses represented in this album.

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 Photo Album "18" 

Scope and Content

This album is a 3-ring binder with a tan pebbled-sand print on the front, edge, and back and the word TECHITE in red on the front and edge. It contains plastic photo pages and color photos affixed to black paper. The first twelve photos are of performers in the Wenatchee Youth Circus in Wenatchee, WA. Then there are sixteen photos of The Pickle Family Circus performances. The rest of the photos are all of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the San Diego Sports Arena. Most are of performances, and there are some photos of clowns and some of the parking lot.

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 Photo Album "19" 1926-1937 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder with plastic photo pages and photos affixed to black paper. The first seven pages are of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train cars and correspond to some of the lists of descriptions that are tucked into the front pocket of the album. However, several of the lists of photo descriptions do not appear to match any of the photos in the album. After the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey photos, there are thirty-nine photos of Al G. Barnes & Sells-Floto advertisements, trains, and wagons. Then there are another twenty-one photos of Al G. Barnes & Sells-Floto turcks, trains, and wagons in 1937. The following set of photos depicts Clyde Beatty-Russell Bros. Circus trucks and animals. Next, there are forty-six photos of a 101 Ranch Wild West parade. The last set of thirty photos shows Sparks Circus animals and wagons in 1926.

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 Photo Album "20" 1960s (Most) 

Scope and Content

This album is a white 3-ring binder. Photos are glued onto black paper. Subjects of photos include circus aerialists, clowns, acrobats, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus wagons, Circo Bell's Hnos. wagons, A.G. Barnes circus wagons, Diamond Jim Parker, Westgate Park in San Diego. Many of the 8 x 10 black and white photographs of clowns are autographed to Everett M. Smith. Most of the photographs appear to be from the early 1960s.

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 Photo Album "21" 

Scope and Content

This red three-ring binder consists of 27 double-sided black photo pages of 4 x 5 color photos, most of them appearing to be from one particular circus show., most likely Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The photos depict clown acts, aerialists, acrobats, animal tricks, people riding elephants, etc. Some of the last few pages consist of photos which have been "tagged" with names: Lou Jacobs, Jim Parker, etc.

38

 Photo Album "22" 

Scope and Content

Scrapbook-style photo album with black pages and adhesive "corners"; many photos loose. All black and white photos, most unidentified. Several of Cole Bros. and Clyde Beatty's circuses-- mainly photos of wagons, tents, and animals.

39

 Prints and Negatives 

Box Folder

 Aerialists and Trapeze Artists 

40 1

 Al G. Barnes Circus 193[?] 

40 2-3

 Al G. Barnes and Sells-Floto Circus 1934, 1938 

40 4-8

 Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus March 1961, December 1971, October 1979 

40 9-10

 Allen Bros. Circus 1985 

40 11

 Alohaland Circus 

40 12

 American Continental 

40 13-14

 American Showtime Circus January 2, 1989 

40 15-17

 Animals 

57 2

 Arthur Bros. Circus 

40 18

 Atayde & Circo Union [MEXICAN] 

40 19

 Bailey Bros. 

40 20

 Barnum & Bailey Circus 

40 21

 Barnum's Kaleidoscope May 1999 

40 22

 Bentley Bros. Circus 

40 23-28

 Beverly Park, Los Angeles, CA 1950 

40 29

 Big John Strong November 1962, 1981 

40 30-31

 Bob Hunting's Circus 1894 

40 32

 Bob MacDougall Models 

40 33

 Bud E. Anderson's American Victory Circus 1945 

40 34

 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show 1893 

40 35

 Capell Bros. Circus 1979 

40 36

 Captain Osa Barada 

40 37

 Carnivals February 10, 2001 

40 38-41

 Carnival Museum 

40 42

 Carson and Barnes Circus December 1967, 1993, 1997 

40 43-46

 Christy Bros. Circus October 1967 

40 47

 Circo Atayde Hermanos 

40 48

 Circo Tihany 

40 49

 Circus Chimera 

40 50-51

 Circus Circus Casino 

40 52

 Circus Eos [CANADIAN] 2002 

40 53

 Circus Hall of Fame 1947-1956, 1971, 1981 

40 54-56

 Circus Hall of Fame Wagons 1971 

40 57-58

 Circus Lithos 

40 59

 Circus Model Builders Convention 1972 

40 60

 Circus Promo 1981 

40 61

 Circus Vargas 1974-1990s 

40 62-80

 Circus Wagons 

40 81

 Circus World 

40 82

 Circus World Museum July 1966, January 1969, 1990 

40 83-85

 Circus Vargas 1987. 1992 

40 86-87

 Clowns 

40 88-95

 Clowns - Ernie "Blinko" Burch 

40 96

 Clowns - Jake Posey 

40 97

 Clowns - Lou Jacobs 

40 98

 Clowns - Mark Anthony 

40 99

 Clowns - Ringling Bros. 

40 100

 Clowns - Zapateen and Nikoleen 

40 101

 Clyde Beatty Circus 1945-1956 

40 102-104
Box

 Clyde Beatty & Cole Bros. Circus 1965-2002 

40, 41
Box Folder

 Clyde Bros. Circus 1966 

41 16

 Cole Bros. Circus July 1, 1945 

41 17-23

 Cristiani Bros. Circus October 1968 

41 24

 Frank Crumrine Circus Crafts 

41 26

 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus March 1988, April 4 1996 

41 27-29

 Dailey Bros. Circus 1945, 1948 

41 30

 Dam Bros. 

41 31

 Dodson's Imperial Shows 

41 32

 Downie Bros. Circus 

41 33

 East County Fair early 1960's 

41 34

 Europeroma Circus 

41 25

 Foley & Burke Shows/Carnival 1949 

41 35

 Franzen Bros. Circus 

41 36

 Frisco-Morton Circus 

41 37-39

 Funtastic Shows 

41 40

 Gentry Bros. Circus 190[9?], 1921 

41 41

 Gollmar Bros. Circus 1947 

41 42

 Goodman Shows 

41 43

 Great American Circus March 4 1987, October 8 1988, 1991 

41 44-58

 Hagen Bros 

41 59

 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969 

41 60-63

 Hanneford Circus 1992 

41 64-66

 House on the Rock 

41 67-68

 Howard Bros. Circus 

41 69

 Howe's Great London 

41 70

 Hoxie Bros. Circus 

41 71-72

 Hoxie and Great American Circus 

41 73

 James Bros. Circus 

41 74

 James E. Strates Carnival 2000-2001 

41 75-76

 James E. Strates Shows 1971 

41 77-78

 John Pawling Circus Ring 

41 79

 John Ward Shows 

41 80

 Jordan International 1990, 1993 

41 81

 Jungleland, Thousand Oaks, CA 1964 

41 82

 Kay's Circus November 1967 

41 83

 Kelly-Miller Bros. Circus July 1961 

41 84

 Kings Bros. Circus [MEXICAN] 

41 85-86

 King Bros. & Cristiani Circus May 23, 1953 

41 87

 Knott's Berry Farm 

41 88

 Circus Lithos 

41 88a

 Bob MacDougall Models 

41 88b
Box

 Miscellaneous Photos 

41

 Model Builders and Models 1980-1998 

41-42
Box Folder

 Naughtin's Bears 

42 20

 Negatives Misc. 

42 21

 Norris and Rowe 

42 22

 Oscarian Brothers 1983 

42 23-24

 Pacific Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA 

42 25

 Parker Bros. - Jim Parker 

42 26-29

 Paul Eagles' Circus Luncheon 

42 30

 Photo Album Pages 

42 31
Box

 Photo Sets 1970s-1980s 

Scope and Content

There are seven envelopes of color snapshots in this box-- kept together with the rolls of negatives that originally accompanied them in ziplock bags. The subjects consist mainly of circus wagons from one or more circuses or parades. The first two envelopes contain photos from a circus at Navy Pier in Chicago in what appears to be the 1970s.

44
Box Folder

 Polack Bros. Circus 

42 32

 Reithoffer 

42 33

 Rex Williams 1985 

42 34

 Rimwood Circus 1992 

42 35-37
Box

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1945-1995 

42, 43
Box Folder

 Ringling Circus Museum 

43 32

 Robbins Bros. Circus 1930s, 1960s 

43 33

 Roberts Bros. Circus 1981-1996 

43 34-41

 Rodgers Bros. 

43 42-44

 Rodgers Bros. Circus 1946-1954 

43 45-46

 Royal American Shows 1986, April 2 1994, 1998 

43 47-50

 Rudy Bros. Circus March 1962,1977 

43 51

 Sarasota, Fla. Circus Parade 1989 

43 52

 Sarasota Showfolks Circus 1988 

43 52a

 Sarasota Street Parade 1989 

43 53

 Seil-Sterling Circus 1937-1938 

43 54

 Sells & Gray Circus 1964, April 1972 

43 55-56

 Sells-Floto Circus 1915, 1920-1929, 1928, July 1964 

43 57-60

 Semon's Chimps 

43 61

 Siebrand Circus & Carnival, AZ (McDonald Elephant Act) 1951 

43 62

 Circo Tihany 

43 62a

 Toby Tyler Circus 

43 63-66

 Turner Bros. Circus 1957-1958 

43 67

 Von Bros. Circus 1965 

43 68

 Walker Bros. Circus October 21 1995, 1998 

43 69-73

 Wallace Bros. Circus 1922, 1940 

43 74

 Wallace & Clark Circus 1960 

43 75

 Wallenda Circus 1993 

43 76

 Weber Bros. Circus 1959 

43 77

 Western-Pacific Carnival 

43 78

 Williams-Althoff Circus 1970 

43 79-82

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 Slides 

Scope and Content

Most of the slides in this series came from boxes which had some identification -- usually the name of a circus. Those that did not have identification were grouped in loose topics such as "circus wagons" or were put in folders as "Unidentified."

Box Folder

 Chicago- Views and Circus Parade 

45 1

 Circus Hall of Fame 

Scope and Content

Sarasota, Florida

45 2

 Circus Museum 1966 July 6 

Scope and Content

Baraboo, Wisconsin

45 3

 Circus Parade 

45 4

 Circus Parade #1 1966 July 4 

Scope and Content

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

45 5

 Circus Parade #2 1966 July 3 

Scope and Content

Lake Front, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

45 6

 Circus Vargas 1979 

45 7

 Circus Wagons 1966 July 3-8 

Scope and Content

Milwaukee Lake Front, Wisconsin

45 8

 Milwaukee Parade 

45 9

 Old Time Circus 

45 10

 Parade Slides- Chicago 

45 11

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1970 

45 12

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1979 

Scope and Content

San Diego, California

45 13

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1979 

45 14

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1979 

45 15

 Ringling Bros, Clyde Beatty, Cole Bros. 

Scope and Content

Portland, Oregon

45 16

 Ringling Bros., Graham Bros., James Bros. 

Scope and Content

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Los Angeles, California

James Bros: San Diego, California

45 17

 Royal American Shows 

45 18

 Unidentified 

45 19-22

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Series 8:  Audio-Visual Materials 

Scope and Content

Audio-visual materials in this collection range from old-fashioned reels of film and filmstrips to computer disks. Descriptions for the audiocassette tapes, reel-to-reel audiotapes, and some of the videotapes were taken from notes written on the boxes or the tapes themselves. Information for the film reels, filmstrips, phonograph records, computer disks, and the commercial videotapes was copied from the commercial box or album cover. All of the items are circus-related, with much of the audio materials consisting of circus and parade music.

 Audiocassette Tapes 

Box

 100 Birthday Performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 

46

 Barnum's Kaleidoscape 1999 

Scope and Content

Feld's Under Canvas Show

46

 Calliope Music 

46

 Calliope Music 

46

 Calliope Music 

Scope and Content

A: Calliope Music, Circus Music

B: Old Calliope Music at the Fair, Singing Ringmaster Harold Ronk

46

 Circus Family 

Scope and Content

Del Molinas

46

 Circus Music 1977 

Scope and Content

1: Ringling Bros.

2: Barnum & Bailey

46

 Circus Parade 1980 July 5 

Scope and Content

Baraboo, Wisconsin

46

 Circus Sounds 1981 May 23 

Scope and Content

1: Circus Sounds

2: Payoff for Ward Hall and Jay Marshall, 22 May 1981

46

 Circus Tapes 

Scope and Content

A: Circus Tapes

B: Foreigner Circus

46

 Circus Vargas: West Covina, CA 1976 April 5 

Scope and Content

8 PM

46

 Circus Vargas: Carlsbad, CA 1977 May 16 

Scope and Content

Opening Night. Mr. Cliff Vargas announcing 1st half. Lights go out. Patron has heart attack in box seats. Side show in San Diego.

46

 Circus Vargas: Carlsbad, CA 1977 June 16 

Scope and Content

1: Circus Vargas

2: Side Show Blow Off and Performance

46

 Vargas: San Diego 1978 

46

 CV [Circus Vargas] 1980 

46

 Vargas 1980 

46

 Clyde Beatty 1978 

Scope and Content

Roger Boyd- Rossi Band

46

 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros 

46

 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros: Miami, FL 1974 December 

46

 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros: Pensacola, FL 1993 October 2 

46

 Cole Bros Circus: Akron, OH 1948 

Scope and Content

Bandmaster: Henry Keys, Announcer: Harry Thomas

46

 Cole Bros Circus Band 

Scope and Content

A: Charlie Scharlbaum- Cole Bros Circus Band. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Band 1940 with Merle Evans as bandmaster.

B: Hope and Crosby sing their best.

46

 Cristiani Bros Circus Under Canvas 1959, 1955 

Scope and Content

1: Cristiani Bros Circus Under Canvas 1959

3: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Under Canvas 1955. Miami, FL.

46

 Cristiani Bros Circus Under Canvas 

Scope and Content

2: Cristiani Bros Circus Under Canvas 1959

46

 European Circus 

46

 Fitch Bandwagon-NBC 1943 April 18 

Scope and Content

Merle Evans- Ringling/Barnum Band

46

 Gatti-Charles Circus 1976 June 13 

Scope and Content

Sunday Matinee. Civic Auditorium. San Francisco, CA.

46

 The Greatest Show on Earth 

Scope and Content

Side 3 & 4

46

 Highlights of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 

Scope and Content

With Ben Vereen

46

 King Bros Circus 16 March 1973 

Scope and Content

Tallahassee, FL. 4 piece band. 4:00 PM matinee. Midway-sideshow-performance.

46

 King-Cristinani Circus Performance 1953 

46

 Main Street Band Plays Circus 1993 December 

46

 Movie GSOE [Greatest Show on Earth] 

46

 Parade 

46

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Blue Show 1976 

Scope and Content

Opening spec

1. Polar bear got trained by Ursula Bottche

2. Elvan Bales motorcycle act

3. Bare Back Riders- Side two

4. Clowns

5. King Charles Troupe

6. Micki- smallest man

7. Teeter board

8. Berde Horses

9. Single Trapeze

46

 RBBB: Long Beach, CA 

Scope and Content

#1 of 2

46

 RBBB: Long Beach, CA 

Scope and Content

#2 of 2

46

 RB+BB: Long Beach, CA 

Scope and Content

Kevin and Ralph.

Ursula Bottecher and polar bears act

Perch act

Elephants: Red, White, Blue Rampage

High wire

Flying trapeze

Closing spec.

46

 RB+BB Circus Under Canvas: Miami, FL 1955 November 

Scope and Content

Sides 1 & 2

46

 RB+BB 1955 Performance: Miami, FL 1955, 1973 

Scope and Content

Part 3 of RB+BB 1955 Miami, FL. Also includes Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros 1973 Springfield, OH.

47

 RB+BB 1955 Performance: Miami, FL 1955 

Scope and Content

Merle Evans. Under canvas- big stars. Trevor Bale, Pinto Del Oror, Takeo Usia, the Nocks & Wendenys, Marion Shubert, Charlie Miyoshi, Josephine Bersoni, Highwire & UNOS [?]

47

 Ringling 1973 

47

 Ringling 1973 

47

 Ringling: Long Beach, CA 1975 

Scope and Content

Sides 3 & 4

47

 Ringling: Long Beach, CA 1975 

47

 RB+BB: Long Beach, CA 

47

 Ringling Bros- Blue 1984 

Scope and Content

With Barbara Mandrell as host

47

 Screamers- Circus Music 

Scope and Content

A tribute to Merle Evans

47

 Slitz Circus Parade 

Scope and Content

40 Horse Hitch

47

 Sounds of the Circus 1999 

Scope and Content

Circus Marches. South Shore Concert Band. Richad Whitmarsh.

47

 Sousa Marches 1985 

Scope and Content

Boston Pops Orchestra. Arthur Fiedler, conductor.

47

 Reel-to-Reel Audiotapes 

Box Reel

 A Christmas Carol 1939 

48 1

 Circus Vargas 16 May 1977 

Scope and Content

Opening Nite- Carlsbad, CA.

Cliff Vargas announcing 1st half- "Lights Go Out- Patron Has Heart Attack"

Side Show- Opening & Closing- San Diego, May 15

48 2

 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus 1 August 1973 

Scope and Content

Charles Schlarbaum. Springfield, OH.

48 3

 Cole Bros 1948, 1962 

Scope and Content

A lot of old circus music on this tape.

Side 1: Cole Bros 1948. Henry Kyes, Bandmaster. Harry Thomas, Director.

Side 2: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey 1962 Program.

Last part Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey 1940 circus music

48 4

 Cristiani Bros Circus 1959 

Scope and Content

Master Tape

48 5

 Cristiani Bros Circus 1959 

Scope and Content

Daviso Duped on both sides

48 6

 GSOE [Greatest Show on Earth] Movie Soundtrack 1970-1973 

Scope and Content

Side 1: GSOE Movie Soundtrack.

GSOE, L.A. Preview (July 1970)

GSOE, Preview (20 January 1971)

Side 2:

Geo Plimpton ABT TV Clyde Beatty Circus (2 February 1971)

GSOE Preview, Blue (27 February 1972)

GSOE Preview, Red (23 February 1973)

48 7

 King Brothers Circus 16 March 1973 

Scope and Content

First part of tape bad, have patience.

4:00 PM Matinee. 4 piece band. Tallahassee, FL.

Midway-Sideshow-Performance.

48 8

 Leccion 2: A donde van? 

Scope and Content

Ejercicios: Imitacion, Preguntas y Respuestas, Aplicacion, Reconstrucion, Naracion

48 9

 Maryland Ave School 

Scope and Content

Both sides.

Side 1: Circus Music. Continuous (repetitive) circus band music for PTA carnival use, etc.

48 10

 Merle Evans 1946-1950 

Scope and Content

Side 1: Merle Evans- Concert Lot of Oldies.

(Has music for Altoff tiger and horse act. Also, two songs played a lot on Dailey Bros Circus 1946-1950)

Side 2: Circus (old 78's)

48 11
Box

 Mills Bros Circus 1948-1963 

Scope and Content

Circus (RBBNB 1962, Cole 1948, Grott 1960, Mills 1963)

Side 1:

Mills Bros Circus (1963)

Elephants

Polack Bros Calliope (1963)

Polack Bros Circus (1959)

Henry Kyes, Director

Grotto Circus. Cleveland. (1960)

Carl Stern, PM Radio Show

Grotto Circus (1959)

Merle Evans, Director

Poem- Col. Harry Thomas

Side 2:

Cole Bros Circus (1948)

Henry Kyes, Director

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey (1962)

Merle Evans, Director

48
Box Reel

 Old Clyde Beatty Movie 

Scope and Content

Side 1:

Shirley Temple

Ed Sullivan Salutes Irving Berlin

Side 2:

Finian's Rainbow

Old Clyde Beatty Movie- Track 2

RBBB- Artistic Gadfog

48 13

 Old Time Radio 

48 14

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1955 

Scope and Content

Time cut from original tape:

Nock

Moroski horses

Hawaii

48 15

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1955 

Scope and Content

Reel 1, 2 sides.

48 16

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1955 

Scope and Content

Reel 2, 1 side.

Good, starts with Charlie Moroski Liberty Act.

48 17

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1951-1962 

Scope and Content

Side 1:

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Evans (1962)

2nd half Ringling Bros 1951 Album

"Roll out the Sky" TV Show- Charles Van Dorn

The Cristiani Family on Cristiani Bros Circus

Polack Bros Circus. Henry Kyes, Cond/Dick Slayton. Cleveland (1951)

Announcer-Soundtrack-GSOE [Greatest Show on Earth] CB De Mille[?]

48 18

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Performance 1966 

Scope and Content

Los Angeles, CA. Sports Arena.

48 19

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Performance 1966 

Scope and Content

Master tape. Los Angeles, CA. Sports Arena.

48 20

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey 27 July 1968 

Scope and Content

Inglewood, CA. The Forum.

Running time: 2 hrs, 31 mins.

48 21

 Ringling Bros Circus Highlights 1968 22 March 1963 

Scope and Content

Mike Douglas, MC.

48 22

 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, Red Unit 1975 

Scope and Content

Red Unit. Performance.

Long Beach, CA. 8:00 PM. 2 hrs, 45 mins.

(Wolfgang Holimair repeated side 2)

48 23

 Tribute to Merle Evans 17 March 1974, 1971 

Scope and Content

Side 1:

Tribute to Merle Evans- 4 records

Side 2:

Tribute to Merle Evans- cont'd

Circus Clown Calliope (one side of record)

Watchee Youth Circus Band (1971)

48 24

 Unidentified 

Scope and Content

3 reels of unidentified audiotape: 2 7-inch reels and 1 5-inch reel. Reels were left in their original boxes.

48 25

 Videotapes 

Box

 119th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1989 May 15 

Scope and Content

Great Circuses of the World, 1989 July 2

49

 Big Apple Circus- New York 1988 

Scope and Content

Box says "Big Apple Circus--New York, Christmas Show 1988. Actual tape says "Circus Kinoshita--Kyoto, Japan, Feb 26, 1987, Great Circuses of the World."

49

 Bob's Train Layout 2003 February 

Scope and Content

Before Feb. 2003 (54 mins)

After 2nd floor addition (7 mins)

49

 Buffalo Bill's Wild West 1994 

Scope and Content

2-tape set

49

 Carson & Barnes Circus 1997 

Scope and Content

1997 Carson & Barnes Circus (Run Away with C&B)

Wayne Franzen Memorial on CNN TV (1997 May 10)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey special on "48 Hours" (1997 May 22)

49

 Circus Movies from Kent Ghirard 1982-1984 

Scope and Content

Circus movies from Kent Ghirard put on video and copied by Jim Parker for Ralph Rodgers 1988 June 13-- Happy viewing Ralph.

Baraboo (1982)

Carson & Barnes (1982)

Circus World in Florida (1982)

Franzen Bros. Circus (1984)

Circus World Museum (1984)

Ringling Centennial Parade (1984) Baraboo

Parker Collection

49

 Circus Vagabonds 1996 January 14 

Scope and Content

Various old time tent shows including Cole Bros. Circus train and lot scenes, copied 1996 January 14.

49

 Dory Miller's Funeral 1989-1999 

Scope and Content

Dory Miller's Funeral (1999)

Assorted circuses (1989) Merriweather, Culpepper, Franzen Bros., Kelly-Miller, Hanneford, Great American Circus

49

 Duggan Bros. 

Scope and Content

Arnold Maley CFA Tent No. 116. Atlanta, Georgia with Joe Bradbury-- video #5

49

 Emmett Kelly Jr's Circus 1981 

Scope and Content

Starring Anthony Newley as the Ringmaster. Featuring Loretta Swit.

49

 George Hubler International Circus 1952 

Scope and Content

George Hubler's Personal Tour, summer of 1952. Clyde Beatty Circus, World's Greatest Trained Wild Animal Show, Last Great 15 Car Railroad Show. Extra: 2nd Edition, contains stills of original Sparks Wagons and last draft horse team with Clyde Beatty.

50

 Great American Carnivals, Vol. 1 

50

 Hagenbeck-Wallace, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Al G. Kelly-Miller Bros. 

50

 John Wayne in Circus World 1964 

Scope and Content

2-tape set

50

 Moscow Circus on Ice 

50

 Old Circus Scenes from 1920s 1920s 

Scope and Content

Very old 1920s + Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Cole, Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus scenes. Copied 1988 July 13 by Jim Parker.

50

 Old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 1938-1940 

Scope and Content

1938-1940s with Joe Bradbury. 1991.

50

 Old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Tape 1933 

50

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1940-1960 

Scope and Content

1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Vol. 2.

Copied 1991 May from Jim Parker's collection.

50

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 1950s 

50

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 133rd Edition Souvenir Video 2003 

50

 Robbins Bros. Circus with Hoot Gibson 1938 

Scope and Content

Season Highlights for 1938

Cole Bros. Circus and Clyde Beatty's Gigantic Trained Wild Animal Exhibition, Hagenbeck-Wallace, Col. Tim McCoy's Read Wild West and Rough Riders of the World

51

 Sleepless in Sarasota 

Scope and Content

George Hubler

51

 Son-of-Mud Shows, Vol. 2 

Scope and Content

Wallace Bros, Dailey Bros, Austin Bros, Cyde Bros, Bud C. Anderson, Victory Circus, Cole Bros, Kelly-Miller 50's, Clyde Beatty Railroad, King Bros, Arthur Bros, Austin Bros, Russell Bros, Stevens Bros, Famous Cole, Mills Bros, Grand Old Opry Circus, and more, more, more...

51

 Souier[?] Circus 

51

 Toby Tyler Circus Documentary 1994 

Scope and Content

American International Entertainment Corporation (Dick Garden) October 1994

51

 Tommy Hanneford Circus with Mark Karoly 1957 

Scope and Content

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

51

 Ward Hall Side Show 

51

 Weird Homes TV Show- Jim Parker's place 

51

 Film reels 

Box

 Al G. Barnes 1937 

Scope and Content

8 mm, 5 inches diameter. Non-commercial reel.

47

 Behind the Big Top 1943, 1967 

Scope and Content

8 mm, 5 inches diameter. Copyright Warner Bros. Pictures, 1943; Adaptation @ copyright United Artists Corporation, 1967.

47

 Circus Jamboree 

Scope and Content

8 mm film, 5 inches diameter. Castle Films.

47

 Circus Thrills: Great Acts of the Center Ring 

Scope and Content

8 mm, 5 inches diameter. Castle Films.

47

 Downie-Barnett Circuses 1935 

Scope and Content

8 mm film, 5 inches diameter. Plain box (non-commercial).

47

 Fun at the Circus 

Scope and Content

8-mm film, 3 inches diameter. Castle Films, Produced by United World Films, Inc.

47

 The Greatest Show On Earth 1952 

Scope and Content

8 mm film, 5 inches diameter. Film by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Betty Hutton. Volume 1 and 2 (2 reels).

47

 King of the Jungle 

Scope and Content

8 mm, 5 inches diameter. Film with Buster Crabbe. Castle Films.

47

 Filmstrips 

Box

 Circus Family 

Scope and Content

Five Families

SF 90

Produced by Scholastic Magazines, Inc.

47

 Greatest Show on Earth 

47

 Phonograph Records 

Box

 America - Steam Calliope Concert 

Scope and Content

Side 1: "America - Steam Calliope Concert Side 2: "American - Steam Calliope Concert

52

 Brass Whistles Somers Steam Calliope 

Scope and Content

Record only; no cover. Cuca Record. Sauk City, Wisconsin.

52

 Calliope Capers 

Scope and Content

By Juanita Beck, La Crosse, Wisconsin

52

 Circus 

Scope and Content

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Band Conducted by Merle Evans - Bandmaster 4 Record Set Set C-58 Columbia Records

52

 Circus Band 

Scope and Content

Directed by Russell Darr. Clyde Beatty and Cole Bros. Under the Big Top.

52

 Circus Calliope 

Scope and Content

Two record set. 1974

52

 Circus Calliope 

Scope and Content

Recorded by Paul R. Eakins' Gay 90s Village, Inc. Artists: Gene Crump and Ted MArtin. 1972

52

 Circus Carnival Calliope 

Scope and Content

Featuring the Circus Calliopes at Paul Eakins' Gay 90s Village. Sikeston, Missouri. 1961

52

 Circus Favorites 

Scope and Content

The Sauk County Circus Band, directed by Frank L. Van Epps. "A Day in Old Milwaukee" circus parade.

52

 The Circus is in Town! 

Scope and Content

Carl Stevens' Marching Band.

52

 Circus Music   2 copies

Scope and Content

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Band, conducted by Merle Evans.

52

 Circus Spectacular   2 copies

Scope and Content

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, directed by Merle Evans.

52

 Circus Time   3 copies

Scope and Content

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band, conducted by Merle Evans.

53

 Clayton County Windjammers Holiday, Volume 1 

Scope and Content

Jacket only; no record. Duggan Bros. Tent 116, Circus Fans Association of America presents Merle Evans.

53

 Clayton County Windjammers Holiday, Volume 2 

Scope and Content

Duggan Bros. Tent 116, Circus Fans Association of America presents Merle Evans.

53

 The Clown and the Kids 

Scope and Content

Words and Music by Tony Velona. Arranged by Artie Beck. Jazz Philharmonic of Sofia. The original sountrack from the motion picture starring Emmett Kelly, co-starring Kathy Dunn and Burt Stratford.

53

 County Fair 

Scope and Content

Ken Griffin at the Organ.

"Over the Waves."

"Whispering."

"Black Beauty March."

"Beer Barrel Polka,"

""In the Grand Old Summertime."

"I'm Confessin'."

54

 Crazy Calliope Music 

Scope and Content

Featuring Margie Meinert at the Wurlitzer Steam Calliope. 1957

53

 A Day at the Circus with "Mr. Singing Ringmaster" 

Scope and Content

Featuring Harold Ronk of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Arranged and conducted by Noel Regney. 1962

53

 De Wayne Bros Circus Presents Circus Melodies 

Scope and Content

De Wayne Bros. Circus Circus Melodies Harry J. Jenkins - Circus Organist Side 1: 1. Calliope 2. Overture 3. The Trampolinists 4. Trapeze Artist 5. Military Ponies 6. The Clowns 7. The Aerial Ladders Side 2: 1. Overture 2. Trained Dogs 3. The Elephant 4. Trained Ape

54

 An Evening with Merle Evans, Part 1 

Scope and Content

Record only; no cover. Mid-west Band and Orchestra Clinic and the "Old Pro's" Band. Recruited by Paul Yoder. 1968

53

 An Evening with Merle Evans, Part 2 

Scope and Content

Record only; no cover. Mid-west Band and Orchestra Clinic and the "Old Pro's" Band. Recruited by Paul Yoder. 1968

53

 Jim Dale in the new musical Barnum 

Scope and Content

Directed and staged by Joe Layton. Produced for records by Cy Coleman and Mike Berniker. 1980

53

 The Magic World of Circuses and Clowns 

Scope and Content

Featuring Robert Q. Lewis as the narrator. Narration written by Richard Kleiner. Music by The Circus Band under the direction of Hank Sylvern.

53

 March Along Polka Style 

Scope and Content

Schell's Hobo Band

53

 Merle Evans in the Center Ring 

Scope and Content

Record only; no cover. Presented by Duggan Bros. Tent #116

53

 Music from the Big Top 

Scope and Content

With Merle Evans and his all-star band. Arranged by Merle Evans.

53

 The Ol' Calliope Man at the Fair   2 copies

Scope and Content

The Sande & Greene Fun-Time Band. Created and produced by Bob Sande and Larry Greene.

53

 Old Time Circus Calliope 

Scope and Content

Record only; no cover.

53

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band 

Scope and Content

Conducted by Merle Evans.

53

 Samuel Bronston's Circus World 

Scope and Content

Music composed and conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin

53

 Screamers Circus Marches 

Scope and Content

Frederick Fennell conducting the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

53

 A Tribute to Merle Evans 

Scope and Content

An Anthology of Circus Music New England Conservatory Series 5 Record Set

54

 Walt Disney's Story of Toby Tyler in the Circus 

Scope and Content

Narrator: Henry Calvin.

53

 Computer Disks 2001 

Box

 Greatest Show on Earth 2001 

Scope and Content

CD-ROM disk of "The Greatest Show on Earth" by JumpStart Learning System.

47

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Series 9:  Ephemera 

Scope and Content

There are a few truly ephemeral items in this series such as circus decals and popcorn boxes, but the majority of the series consists of colorful circus posters of many different circuses spanning at least five decades. Many of the older ones are in poor condition due to their previous storage but were kept for their rarity or the short-livedness of the circus such as the Dailey Bros. Circus in the 1940s.

Box

 Decals 

Scope and Content

Silver Springs, Florida; Circus World Museum (2)

Sarasota, Florida; flag, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (2 sheets, total of 4 stickers)

55

 Postcards 

Scope and Content

This small box of postcards contains mainly circus-related cards, some addressed and some unaddressed. There are also 26 postcards, grouped together in one envelope the way that Ralph Rodgers kept them, of European images such as locations in France, Austria, Germany, etc. These cards were sent from clown Jake Posey to his wife between 1900 and 1908 when he was traveling with the Barnum & Bailey circus and they were both in Europe.

Box
56

 Popcorn Boxes 

Scope and Content

Two cardboard popcorn boxes-- James Bros. Circus, and King Bros. Circus/ Sells and Gray

3

 Coca-Cola Advertisement 

3

 Magazine posters and pictures 

Scope and Content

Three large folded color posters; several small pictures torn from magazines and calendars. Most circus or animal-themed.

3

 Miscellaneous 

Scope and Content

Membership cards for Ralph Rodgers and other small miscellaneous cards.

55

 Sign- Big John Strong Circus 

57

 Stationery 

Scope and Content

Unused writing paper and envelopes with various circus addresses and logos: Clyde Beatty--Cole Bros. Circus, Monte Carlo Festival Cirque Spectacular, Culpepper-Merriweather Circus, Hamid Circus Royale, Royal Rajah Circus, Circus Model Builders and Owners Association, The Great Hippodrome, The John Pawling Circus, The American Circus Corporation, California Circus Corporation, Big John Strong, Karland's 3-Ring Magic Circus, Circus Vargas, Circus Historical Society, Bell Bros. Circus, Circus Fans Association of America, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jake Posey, Circus Genoa.

3

 Certificates 1957-1998 

Scope and Content

Four membership certificates awarded to Ralph Rodgers:

1) Circus Historical Society, 1962

2) Circus Model Builders and Owners Association, 1957

3) World War II Memorial Society, 1997

4) Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, 1999 (with form letter from Thomas A. Pouliot, Commander-in-Chief)

3

 Posters 

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57, 63, 64, 67, 68

 Al Bahr Shrine Circus 

 Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus 

 Al Kader Shrine Circus 

 Barnum and Bailey Circus 

 Bentley Bros. Circus 

 Big Apple Circus 

 Big John Strong Circus 

 Buffalo Bill's Wild West 

 Carson & Barnes Circus 

 The Circus 

Scope and Content

Attatched to cover.

Sells-Floto Super Circus: 2nd Biggest Show on Earth, Sells-Floto Super Circus, The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, Ringling Bros: Big Bingo, Ringling Bros

 The Circus (laminated posters) 

Scope and Content

Laminated.

Sells-Floto Super Circus: 2nd Biggest Show on Earth, Sells-Floto Super Circus, The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, Ringling Bros: Big Bingo, Ringling Bros

 Circus Chimera 

 Circus Circus 

 Circus Vargas 

 Clyde Bros.-Cole Beatty Circus 

 Cole Bros. Circus 

 Cristiani Bros. Circus 

 Cristiani Wallace Bros. Circus 

 Dailey Bros. 

 Egypt Temple Shrine Circus 

 El Zaribah Shrine Circus 

 Ford Bros. Circus 

 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 

 Hoxie Bros. Circus 

 International All-Star Circus 

 James Bros. Circus 

 Jordan World Circus 

 Jungleland Circus 

 Kay Bros. Circus 

 King Bros. Circus 

 Las Cruces Shrine Circus 

 Miscellaneous Posters 

Scope and Content

May all your days be circus days, Southwestern College (x2), West Coast Shows

 Miller-Johnson Circus 

 Moscow Circus 

 Old Time Circus Posters 

Scope and Content

Ringling Bros., Adam Forepaugh & Sells Bros., The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, Al G. Barnes Circus, The Great Adam Forepaugh Shows

 Pickle Family Circus 

 Ringling Bros. Circus 

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 

 Rudy Bros. Circus 

 Sells-Floto Circus 

 Sells & Gray Circus 

 Turner Bros. 

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Series 10:  Artifacts 

Scope and Content

The materials in this series consist mainly of small items such as souvenir patches and exhibitor ribbons from model builder conventions. There are a few plaques, frames, and metal circus signs, but most of the true circus model artifacts did not come with the collection.

Box

 American flags 

Scope and Content

9 small American flags

55

 Ball-point pens 

Scope and Content

13 ball-point pens with erasers: Big John Strong (5); Pat Rodgers and Rodgers Bros. (8)

55

 Button pins: Carson & Barnes 

Scope and Content

2 circular yellow buttons for Carson & Barnes

55

 Cloth sign: Al G. Barnes 

Scope and Content

Hand lettered and drawn sign for "The Al G. Barns Big 3-ring Wild Animal Circus. The show thats differnt." [sic]

55

 Patches 

Scope and Content

6 patches: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (3); Al G. Barnes Ring (3)

55

 Plaques & Frames 

Scope and Content

Framed picture of a clown in a blue hat, yellow shirt, and red cape holding a white dog in one arm and pointing at it with the other.

Plaques:

"Elephant Brass Band" (Ringling Bros., World's Greatest Shows)

"Twelve Different Kinds of Music" (depicts three teams of horses dragging three wagons)

Man standing on back of black horse. A crowd and a man on a stand holding a ring in background.

Newspaper print (International Allied Shows! Great London Circus. Electric Light!)

"Jumbo" (P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth & the Great London Circus combined with Sanger's Royal British Menagerie & Grand International Allied Shows. Depicts a crowd of children on the back of an elepahnt. Large plaque.)

Patriotic circus wagon (large plaque, green/gray background, no words)

Box
59

 Pocket buttons 

Scope and Content

12 white metal pocket buttons with the words "We're going to the Shrine Circus" and pictures of a hippo, giraffe, tiger, and man's head.

55

 Rodgers Bros. Circus: Sign 

Scope and Content

Raised white wooden letters on orange cardboard background.

58

 Ceramic Clown Head 

Scope and Content

Painted ceramic clown head. Three dimensional, but the back is flat and has a metal ring, presumably for hanging on a wall. The face is flesh colored. Red nose, cheeks, and hair. Yellow and green hat and neck ruffle.

60

 License Plate: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 

Scope and Content

White metal license plate with red and blue stripes bordering the top and bottom. The numbers "1776" and "1976" run vertically down the left and right edges. In the middle of the plate, there's a yellow blob with "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus" in blue letters. Other words on the plate: "The greatest show on Earth," "Bicentennial Edition," and "The greatest nation on Earth". There's a horse and rider outlined in blue near the left side and a small parade of elephants, people, and horses in blue near the bottom.

60

 Metal Sign: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 

63

 Name badges and ribbons 

Scope and Content

Most ribbons/badges indicate Circus Model Builders conventions with names of Ralph Rodgers or Mary Ann Rodgers. One ribbon is for Louis W. Kreischer, Circus Historical Society National Convention, 1949.

55

 Playing cards: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 

Scope and Content

Deck of playing cards in plastic box. Has the words "Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, Circus World" and a picture of two lions.

55

 Sign: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 

57

 Souvenir Pencil & Flag 

Scope and Content

Long souvenir pencil with felt Ringling Circus Museum pennant attached.

58

 American Flag 

Scope and Content

Small American flag on 18" stick.

58

 Tents 

65, 66
Object

 Trunk 

Scope and Content

Metal red circus trunk with the lettering "Turner Bros. Dog and Pony Show."

1

 Trunk 

Scope and Content

Large red metal trunk with lettering "Rodgers Bros. Circus."

2

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Series 11:  Costumes and Textiles 

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of a few articles of "circus clothing" and some large textiles that may have been used as banners or blankets. It is not known who wore the clothing consisting chiefly of jackets, capes, and a pair of yellow pants. Also included in this series are a few cloth (felt) pennants.

 Costumes 

Box

 Carson & Barnes Cap 

Scope and Content

Trucker-style cap, yellow in front with red mesh and a red rim. Has the words "Carson & Barnes, America's largest wild animal, Circus. Under the biggest big top on earth." There is a tiger depicted in the middle. A yellow braid runs along the bottom of the front part of the cap, and the red rim has a thin yellow strip along the edge.

61

 Red Cape 

Scope and Content

Red satin (?) short cape with gold trim and a metal clasp. Two slits at sides, presumably for arms. Large ruffle attatched to top. The entire cape forms a semicircle when spread out.

71

 Red Cape 

Scope and Content

Red satin short cape with gold trim and two metal clasps at collar. Slits in sides, presumably for arms. Large ruffle attatched to top. The entire cape forms a semicircle when spread out.

62

 Red Jacket 

Scope and Content

Red cotton jacket with yellow trim and metal buttons. Patches on the back and side.

62

 Red Jacket 

Scope and Content

Red cotton jacket with yellow trim and metal buttons. Brownish stains near hem and on sleeves. Then number 19 is stamped in black on the inside, near the collar.

62

 Red Jacket 

Scope and Content

Red cotton jacket with yellow trim and metal buttons down right side. Trim extends up back in two lines along seams. Sections of the trim on the bottom right and front left edges have been replaced in a paler yellow. Small patched hole on upper back.

62

 Red Military-style Jacket, metal buttons 

Scope and Content

Red jacket with black military-stlye embellishments down the front and on sleeves. Black stripe around the waist, sleeve edge, and collar. Plastic black buttons down left that would be hidden when jacket is buttoned. Two metal buttons on right side and two on shoulders. Two black triangles on back. A broken yellow circle stitched on left chest area.

62

 Red Military-style Jacket 

Scope and Content

Red jacket with black military-stlye embellishments down the front and on sleeves. Black stripe around the waist, sleeve edge, and collar. Two black triangles on back. Plastic black buttons down left that would be hidden when jacket is buttoned. The second button is broken. A full yellow circle stitched on left chest area. Tan lining on inside side panels and in sleeves. Lining has a pocket on the right side with a black label: De Moulin Bros. & Co. Many moth holes.

62

 Red Military-style Jacket 

Scope and Content

Red jacket with black military-stlye embellishments down the front and on sleeves. Black stripe around the waist, sleeve edge, and collar. Two black triangles on back. Black plastic buttons down left that would be hidden when jacket is buttoned. The second button is broken. Tan lining on inside side panels and in sleeves. Patches on sleeve edges. Metal clasp at collar.

62

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Cap 

Scope and Content

Red trucker-style cap with white mesh. Has a circular patch with the "Greatest Show on Earth" logo in the center, surrounded by the words "Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus." The bottom side of the rim is green.

70

 Yellow Pants 

Scope and Content

Dark yellow/gold velvety pants, with two lines of metal disks sewn in near the hems of the pant legs. Lining is a grayish-brown color. The lining material extends above the velvety material and incorporates a drawstring and a metal clasp.

70

 Other Textiles 

Box

 Large RBB&B cloth 

Scope and Content

Large piece of cotton (?) cloth printed with a repeating pattern of three clown heads surrounding the "Greatest Show on Earth" logo and the words "Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus." The background is blue with white stars. The top edge of the cloth is sewn down, the bottom edge is folded over and daped down with duct tape, and the side edges are unfinished.

62

 Small RBB&B cloth 

Scope and Content

Rectangular strip of cotton (?) cloth. Same pattern as the large RBB&B cloth, but cut to frame two clown heads, the "Greatest Show on Earth" logo, and the words "Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus." Less faded than the large RBB&B cloth.

62

 Taylor Ball/Peacock cloth 

Scope and Content

Rectangle of cloth with unfinished edges. Across the top are the words "World's Greatest Show" and across the bottom are the words "Taylor Ball Amazing Shows." The design also includes images of two peacocks, a clown, an ox (?), a dog/goat(?), and two people on a bicycle. The background is brown.

62

 Miscellaneous Pennants 

Scope and Content

Five felt pennants.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (small, red background, red and yellow words)

Famoso Circo Union: Mexico (small, red background, white border, white words)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (large, blue border, lion)

Circus Vargas (large, white, blue words)

Jordan World Circus (large, light blue)

62

 Pennant: Culpepper & Merriweather 

Scope and Content

White pennant with the words "Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined Circus" and images of a clown, an elephant, and a man's head in a top hat.

67

 2 large red and blue textiles 

Scope and Content

2 large red and blue brocaded pieces of fabric-- possibly parts of tents or blankets for animals?

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