Al G. Barnes Motorized Bandwagon

Posted By on December 17, 2014

52A   Motorized Bandwagon used in 1916   Bob taber collection1 Al G. Barnes Motorized BandwagonBob Taber photo. I have no date on this wagon. Thanks to Bob Cline for sharing this photo with the circus blog.

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Al G. Barns Circus

Posted By on December 14, 2014

43D   about 1930   cage  106   Bob Taber collection Al G. Barns CircusPhoto by Bob Taber 1930. Animal cage wagon 106.

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Al G. Barnes Circus

Posted By on December 14, 2014

43A   1920s in Los Angeles at the Hil and Washington street lot   Bob Taber collection Al G. Barnes CircusPhoto taken by Bob Taber in the mid 1920’s. Los Angles, California, Washington and Hill st.

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Little People

Posted By on December 14, 2014

50A   Unidentified troupe of Midgets   Bob Taber collection Little PeopleBob Taber photo, but there is no identity of this troupe. The wardrobe is of the 20’s. They may have been with Barnes, or for that matter Ringling.,,,,,,,,,,,,, Need help on this photo I D.

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Al G. Barnes Circus

Posted By on December 14, 2014

30A   Al G. Barnes private coach and sleepers circa 1928   Bob taber collection Al G. Barnes CircusThis was a private coach and sleeper. 1928. Bob Taber photo.

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Al G. Barnes Circus

Posted By on December 14, 2014

24A   Al G. barnes Circus parade in Riverside CA in 1917   Bob Taber collection Al G. Barnes CircusAl G.Barnes circus parade at Riverside, Calif. 1917. This is a Bob Taber photo.

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Al G. Barnes Circus

Posted By on December 14, 2014

24B   Mabel Stark Terrell Jacobs and Bert Nelson 1936   Bob Taber photo1 Al G. Barnes CircusMabel Stark, Terrell Jacobs and Bert Nelson 1936, Al G. Barnes Circus. This photo taken by Bob Taber who was a circus fan and wrote off and on for White Tops. Thanks given to Bob Cline for this and other Bob Taber photos.

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Joe Anderson

Posted By on December 12, 2014

Prince 1898 Killed Joe Anderson Posted 3 12 1 Joe AndersonThis is John M. Anderson “Joe” and Prince. Joe was killed by this elephant. Ivan Barra has put together a must see video.

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J.E. Henry Circus

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je9 J.E. Henry Circus My Grandfather never played very many large towns as he preferred small towns. The reason was, he had a wagon show and the miles between small towns were less than between large towns which made it easier to herd the big animals over the road. It would take a full day to travel 35 miles, sometimes even longer. My father told me that he started helping to herd the animals when he was only 5. Growing up in the circus with all the Henry family was the greatest time of my life. Some of the stories that I was told are simply unbelievable. While herding animals along dirt roads, it would never fail that wagons or other herds would be traveling the opposite direction and then the fun began….trying to separate the circus animals from cattle, or whatever. There were times when they even got shot at. I do remember the story about Jeb who was a wrangler…which was the trail boss of the men that herded animals and worked on the tent. Jeb heard a shot whiz over them. My father said he carried an 8 gage Greener shot gun and was not afraid to use it if necessary. It is said that he rode toward where the shot came from and over a ridge and all anyone could hear was the report of his shotgun. He came back to the herd and continued on as if nothing was the matter.  There is a photo of Jeb in the Circus blog. He riding a very large mule and if I am not mistaken his Greener is with him.

As the circus blog goes on, I hope to relate other stories to you.

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The Henry Elephant named “Gip”

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je7 The Henry Elephant named Gip  The photo says she was 110 yrs old ….I don’t believe that is accurate as I think she was in her eighties when she died.  Gip or Gypsy as she was called sometimes, had been on other circuses before Grandfather bought her. She was not a very well elephant and nearing the end of her life when he bought her.

On the photo is written 110 along with some other flamboyant facts. Thats just a little circus Bally Whooo.

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