Bertha Mattock

| April 30, 2011

Al G. Barnes Circus Los Angeles, Calif. 1935. The article reads Chimp, Sorry this is an Orangutan

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Capt. Bill Dietrick

| April 30, 2011

Bill Dietrick had to be the finest person in our business……He NEVER had an enemy. All who knew him loved him.

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Tommy Bentley

| April 30, 2011

Tommy was the ringmaster for the Gatti Circus 1960.

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Ken and Betty Willer

| April 30, 2011

Kay Bros Circus 1966.

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Mary Jo Knolls

| April 30, 2011

Mary Jo getting ready to go on.  She was performing with the Big John Strong Circus that  showed in Thousand Oaks, Calif. at the time this photo was taken in the early 1960′s.

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The Seasoned Performer

| April 30, 2011

This close up was used for Mary Jo Knolls publicity album. 1963.

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Mary Jo Knolls

| April 30, 2011

The teenager had a great love for the circus and it paid off for her. By the time she was 15 or 16 she worked with such shows as Rudy Bros , Kay Bros, Big John Strong, Ted Dewayne and Siebrand Bros. Circus, Pulse TV and casual dates. The audience loved her because of her […]

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Mary Jo

| April 30, 2011

Mary Jo at a very young age started to learn the tight wire and unicycle. As time went on she became one fine performer. In the beginning most of what she learned was self taught by watching others. Many circus performers gave her tips and she listened with eager enthusiasm. Photo taken in her home […]

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Ken Willer

| April 30, 2011

This photo along with others was sent to me by an old friend Robin Badal, the brother of Jack Badal, wild animal trainer. It was a very windy day as you can see in this picture, but Ken held his one finger stand in a champagne bottle despite the weather. In the back ground is […]

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Pretty Good Crowd

| April 30, 2011

I remember this day well. There weren’t any more seats available in the grandstand. We had to put down some of the side wall on the ground for extra seating.   Al was very proud of his show and when he saw the crowds he would always pull me over and ask the same question, “What […]

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