Workers Needed

Posted By on October 29, 2016

image1[1]George Mathews, Great London Circus 1974. As seen here in this ad, Sid Kellner needed help. He had booked a petty good season and was ready to start out on his tour but as luck would have it, there was no help. Sid had all of his performers, which almost included us with the chimp act, but we were already booked 1974. We did make a deal for the season of 1975………… Sid was one of a kind.

The ad was sent to me from Mike Cappi, Thanks Mike.

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Native American Show

Posted By on October 27, 2016

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This photo is of the Indian village at Ocean View Amusement Park, Norfolk, Va. The information that follows was sent to me via email from Joe Leatherman. I think you will find it very interesting. I know that I did because it most likely the last place that Tex Orton and his family worked at. The Orton family were good friends with my father and mother. Tex was on the 101 Ranch show in the early 1940’s, along with us. Even as a kid I remember them well. I want to thank Joe Leatherman for the photo and the info on Tex Orton.  The actual name of the show was “The 101 Ranch Wild West & Circus.”

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Tex Orton 1

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Tex Orton 2

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Tex Orton 3

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Tex Orton 4

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Lakemont Park Post Card

Posted By on March 21, 2016

scan0003 Lakemont Park in it’s day was most likely a most beautiful place to visit. The people of Altoona, PA, were extremely proud of their park and rightfully so. It was heaven for school children and young couples often took advantage of it’s romantic atmosphere to propose in marriage and older patrons walked among the hundreds of natural flowers and trees remembering their past. On the reverse side of this card is a note. You will notice a one cent stamp on it. In the spring of 1988 I came to Lakemont to reopen it. While inspecting the rides that were there I went into the Leap The Dips maintenance shack and found a box with a canvas pouch containing cards and old photos which will follow in future posts.

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Lakemont Park Post Card

Posted By on March 21, 2016

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Lakemont Park

Posted By on March 21, 2016

scan0005 The Casino still exists to this day. However the trees are gone. They were cut down many years ago to expand the park for more amusement rides….  not a good thing to do and the public resented it. I never got to see the true beauty of the park except for these post cards and other photos that I possess. 

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Lakemont Park

Posted By on March 21, 2016

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