Gentry Bros Circus

Posted By on March 31, 2012

Gentry Bros Circus ticket wagon 1921. The poor condition of the negative was unbelievable to me. I am lucky the image turned out as well as it did. If you look at the top left barley you can make out the name Gentry.

John Winninger is doing a story on Gentry Bros. Please read his comment.


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My name is Ivan M. Henry and I am the 4th generation of a circus/show business dynasty. I hope you enjoy the blog.


4 Responses to “Gentry Bros Circus”

  1. John Winninger says:

    I am doing a documentary for WTIU a PBS station in Bloomington, Indiana. One of the bonus stories could be about the “local” Gentry Brothers Circus. There was a recent exhibit at the Monroe County Historical Society that had a display about the circus. If pssoible I’d like to include a short history and photos of their circus for the production.


    John Winninger
    Senior Producer WTIU

  2. Diane Beard says:

    My mother (Virginia Tyte) has lots of information & has given lectures on the Gentry Brothers circus. Her mother was the niece of the brothers. Her mother was the youngest in the family.

  3. Mike Enyeart says:

    Fantastic John. Today in HTO I wrote:

    Years ago, Bloomington hosted the world’s best big tent dog show. The Gentry Circus is legend. The dogs’ winter quarter was what is now the Crazy Horse Bar. Bigger animals wintered over in huts on what is now Gentry Street, right across Kirkwood from the Crazy Horse. (I’m told that some dogs died in an attic fire and their ghosts are still there. )

    Come warmer weather their charter train would pull up and away they went until Winter came, then back to Bloomington! The Heyday of the Big Tent Circuses was something to behold.

  4. The Red Skelton Museum just opened. The have a photo of the 1928 Gentry Bros. Circus that said Red Skelton was with the circus. Do you have any details about this?

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