Bobby Berosini

| March 31, 2009

 Bobby Berosini had one of the best great ape acts in existence. and so did PaPa Berosini. There was one man prior to the Berosini’s  that set the example of training the great apes…..  he was Reuben Castang. My father told me one day…”if you want to be a chimp man, there’s the example”  and he pointed to Reuben […]

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Sinatra and Bobby

| March 31, 2009

What is that saying? ” A picture is like a thousand words”.  In Vegas even a Rang is popular. Looks like they had the same Barber.

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Circus Program

| March 31, 2009

Notice the price of this program ……no doubt it became an autograph book.

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The Big Snake

| March 31, 2009

When I found this photo I remembered that Clyde Beatty did almost anything to create excitement. He was a one man show and his audience ate it up. That is what it’s all about.

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The Head Carry

| March 31, 2009

Here is a perfect photo of the ”head carry” performed by Cheerful Gardener in the backyard of the Hagenbeck and Wallace Circus in the early 1930′s. There was the leg carry as well but it was preformed mostly by the women of the circus. In the 1950′s  a motion picture called “Elephant Walk.” It was about a […]

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World Jungle Compound Contract

| March 31, 2009

At the top of this contract are the names of  Trader Horne and Billy Richards, they were the knew owners. This contact was an rental agreement for the use of animals or the compound itself. Many studios used the compound for their location shooting for a jungle type environment. No matter how many times Mr. […]

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Shelby Jackson

| March 31, 2009

I want to thank Bill Strong for sending me this picture. This man is someone that every young man should know.  Back in the late 1950′s, Shelby and Babe, his wife were on Siebrand Bros Circus with us. He and Babe  did a horizontal bar act. Shelby did “fly overs”  like you have never seen….as […]

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Dorothy Herbert & Black Beauty

| March 31, 2009

Dorothy Herbert was one of the most flamboyant performers I have ever known. In her later years she lived at Jungleland.  She loved teaching the show kids horsemanship, riding and different tricks. In the 1930′s Dorothy was a featured act on the Clyde Beatty Circus.  This photo was given to Ray Chandler by her and Rays daughter gave […]

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Mack McDermott’s K9′s

| March 31, 2009

Mack presented a fine dog act, one that accurately showed  the talent of the German Shepard, as well as the old time military circus attitude.  Mack separated himself from the rest 0f dog acts because of his superior training ability. Often trainers exploit  their animals to present themselves. Mack never did that, the animal was alway’s the […]

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Mabel Stark

| March 25, 2009

Mabel Stark performed at World Jungle Compound in her later years. Her act was just like clock work. Every trick was precision. Notice in this photo……no chair, no whip or prod pole.  She cued the tiger with her hand. Incidentally, the chair, whip and prod pole were more often used for drama …..although sometimes they were […]

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