Ramar

Posted By on July 30, 2017

This is Ramar that Jack Badal raised and trained to do an act that was outstanding. However Ramar became to big to work with….. Ramar was not mean or aggressive just to large. Ramar now resides at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago. He has sired two baby there at the Zoo.     

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Two Pals

Posted By on July 30, 2017

Myself and Jack Badal, the best friend a guy could have. At the time of this photo we were on the Kay Bros Circus together. Jack had his elephant named Anna on the show. Beautiful little elephant and well trained by Jack. Photo taken in the mid 1960’s.

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The Henry Family

Posted By on July 30, 2017

 

From left to right. Janell Henry, Charlotte Henry, myself  and my father Clifford Henry. Photo by my mother 1957.

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J.E Henry

Posted By on July 30, 2017

J.E. Henry… James Edward Henry. My grandfather is on the far right and next to him is my aunt Bertha Henry. Next I am not sure. Then I believe this is Arthur Henry far left. This is the first time I have seen this photo. I find it hard to recognize photos of my aunts and uncles in their youth. This photo along with others was  sent to me by my niece Jennifer, her mother was Janelle Henry, my sister.  After her passing they were in Jennifer’s hands. They were not really on a train but at a photo gallery.

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Grandparents

Posted By on July 30, 2017

Seated is my grandmother Lily Piggott and my grand father William B. Piggott. One of the two standing is my great uncle Levi Piggott.

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Todd Henry

Posted By on July 20, 2017

This is my uncle Todd, a great guy, but of course I thought all my uncles were great. This photo was taken just before he enlisted into the Marine Corp. He fought at Iwo Jima and other bloody battles. He came back without a scratch. Todd received several war medals, but through time they were lost. My other uncles and my father tried to enlist  but could not enter into service because of injuries received while performing. For instance. my father was blind in his right eye.  The monkey is a Pig Tail Macaque   

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My Mother and Sister

Posted By on July 20, 2017

The act was known as Toni Madison’s Wonder Dogs. On the left is my mother Mary Henry and on the right is my sister Janell. Mother thought that it was time to break in my sisters …….Janell and Charlotte into the business. The idea behind it was that one day they would have there own acts 

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Henry’s Rolling Globe

Posted By on July 20, 2017

Many of the photos that I have just posted were sent to me by my niece Jennifer Henry Tyler who is the daughter of the late Janelle Henry, my sister.  My long lost niece Jennifer happened to find me because of the circus blog. I had not seen her for over 35 years and what a wonderful surprise to be reunited. I want to thank Jennifer for all of the photos that she sent, many of which I had never seen before, like this Christmas card. The photo on this card was taken at a night club called The Paris Inn. During the winter my parents did many club dates and USO shows.

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Henry’s Chimps

Posted By on July 20, 2017

This is a photo of Dad and I in the beginning of our chimp act. Photo taken in 1956 on the Siebrand circus. My Dad was old school circus…. no joking or talking in the act…just perform the different tricks… style and smile. It got very boring for me. Then one day out of the clear blue Bongie started playing around in kind of a revolt, but in a funny way. The audience was getting a kick out of it because the chimp was making a monkey out of the me. Dad even got a laugh out of it. I started to teach other tricks like hand balancing head to head. Bongie even learned one hand, hand to hand. It seemed no matter what came into my mind to teach,  he learned and had fun doing it. Then came the table rizzeley routine, that’s when the comedy started….I just let him do his thing and the audience loved it!

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Toni Madison Wonder Dogs

Posted By on July 20, 2017

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My sister Charlotte on the left and Toni or Mary, my mother, on the right. It did not take long for Charlotte and Janell to learn the ropes of the circus. Each did web, swinging ladder, trapeze, rolling globe and juggling and if needed they worked the dog act. They were both eager to learn more. It came naturally for them to have a good stage presence.

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