Circus at Lackland Air Force Base

| September 29, 2009

These ads are from the Dec 7, 1950 Lackland Air Force Base newspaper.The papers name is Talespinner. The base is located in San Antonio, Texas. Rubin did a forehead perch act with his wife Anita who was great performer. These two wonderful people never had a bad word for anyone. Rubin always called me his  Guero “Blondie”. […]

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Shrine Circus Date

| September 29, 2009

Irma and Rio were their stage names.  Very few people could pronounce Zavatta’s first name Oglie, so Rio was easier for most.  Polack Bros circus, 1948, 0r 1949.

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“The Animal Mystic”

| September 29, 2009

This lady is the one and only Raffaela Zoppe…………. The Animal Mystic.

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The Whiz Kids

| September 29, 2009

These are the Mel Hall children. Their mother is Aurelia Zavatta Hall, Monte and Geno Zavatta are Aurelia’s cousins.

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The Hodgsons

| September 29, 2009

I just know their name , Nothing more but I am sure some where out there in the circus world will recognize them…………… and send a comment……………. They lived in Galveston, Ind. The 1950′s, or early 1960′s. A must read comment by Carol Philips.

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Zavatta’s Dog

| September 29, 2009

In the mid 1960′s Olgie and Jack Gorden built a small circus. This is one of their publicity photos. Kayletta,  Jacks wife did her sway pole act. Years before…… Kayletta was the wife of one of the Sky Kings that did a sway pole act.

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A STAGE SAILOR

| September 29, 2009

This little boat was electrically controlled….. it had a gear for wheel movement and one for the oars linkage.   Olgie Zavatta’s dogs were loved by the kids,  just look at their faces in this photo.

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Looks like Original Trick

| September 29, 2009

This was a actual mini motor bike that Olgie converted to allow the dog to ride. The only gimmick was the handlebars were fixed to make a circle, but still was a very good trick…………………..10/25/09…………Up date I was just informed by Gino Zavatta that the handlebars were not fixed. The little dog was trained to control the bike.

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Cole Bros Poster

| September 29, 2009

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Olgie Zavatta Clown Ladder

| September 29, 2009

                 This photo was taken in the early 1950′s. The circus was either the Davenport Circus or Howard Ciess.

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