Arthur & Marie Henry Show Poster

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Arthurs PosterSCAN1787

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Henry Bros Circus 1924

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Henry Bros Circus 1924First ans foremost I want to thank John Polacsek for sending me these letters concerning my family. They are  indeed history. Many were written by my aunt Marie Henry, the wife of Arthur “Bum” Henry. Somewhere, somehow John found these letters and are now part of his circus collection.

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Henry Bros Circus 1924

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Henry Bros 1924 2These are the towns that grandfather played, some of which I have never heard of. I don’t know if my aunt wrote these or my grandfather J.E. Henry. It really does not make a difference, its here and its history…………… From the John Polacsek collection.

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Henry Bros Circus Write Ups in Billboard 1931 & 1924

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Henry Bros Billboard

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Arthur & Marie Show Poster

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Arthurs PosterSCAN1787During the early 1940’s World War two broke out. My uncles all wanted to do their part in the war effort.  All except one Todd Henry suffered injuries from their younger years in the circus. Todd joined the Marines and fought in the Pacific” Iow Jima was the most dangerous of all he said.” Todd came through the war without a scratch. Henry Bros circus was all but over. My grandfather was not well, my uncles stayed with it as long as they could and later each of the brothers went out on their own. Arthur and Marie Henry put together a show.The above poster was used in windows and where ever it could be seen. It was easy for the Henry boys to make a good living as they each did several acts. After a while all were separated. Some in Gainesville, Texas, others in California. There was only one time 1954 that Henry Bros went out again. Todd put together a show, it was to open in St Louis, Mo. Todd called my father to join him with our acts, which we did. The show was a side wall back drop and two rings…looked pretty good. We were out for 3 months and we made a little money. Todd…. for what ever reason…. did not use the Henry name.  He called the show “Donacker Bros. “.

The poster came from the John Polacsek collection.

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Marie’s Letters

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Maries LetterThis letter is from the collection of John Polacsek. I think that it is important to put these letters on the circus blog only because of its historic value.

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The Henry’s

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arthur & Miarie

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Marie’s Letter

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Marie Letter #2Marie Letter #2 (2)As I read these old letter of my aunt Marie they do indeed bring back memories. They were not addressed to me or my family, but it still nice to read.

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Marie’s Letter

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Marie Lrtter #3Marie lettter #3

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Miller & Woodcock Letterhead

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Miller & Woodcock LetterheadThis once was a letter, however somehow the ink has faded. The letter came from the John Polacsek collection.

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