Cole Bros Circus # 6

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Cole Bros winter quarters. Photo taken in 1937. I notice on the far right is a coach car. Cole Bros must have had a rail siding close to their building. This rail siding sure would have made it easy to load up the show.

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Cole Bros Circus #7

Posted By on September 14, 2012

The head bull man was Alonzo Devers. There was a few more names on the negative folder. Charlie Oride. Louis, Joe and Jean. Also written 101 Ranch herd and nothing more. These elephants could have been sold to Cole Bros the dates are about right, late 1939.

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Cole Bros Circus #8

Posted By on September 14, 2012

This photo was taken at the back lot of the Cole Bros winter quarters in 1937. All empty and ready for winter.

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Cole Bros Circus #9

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Tiger cage wagon moving into line up for show parade 1938. I am quite pleased when there are memos that the photographer wrote on the front of the negative folders. Often he went into great detail which I convey to you. However if it wasn’t for numerous circus fans and others who watch over the circus blog, there would be less circus historical information. The comments are greatly appreciated.

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Cole Bros Circus #10

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Two section animal cage wagon 1942.

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Cole Bros Circus #11

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Cole Bros monkey cage wagon 1942. I am noticing that most of the wagons were converted over to steel hard rubber wheels. It is evident in the photos that the date is in the early 1940’s. Bob Cline made mention of this. Here is my question…. Were the wheels a special make or were they removed from wrecked trucks such as a Mack? There has been many different types of conversion on circus equipment in the past and even in the present.

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Cole Bros Circus #12

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Cole Bros seal wagon 1936.   I have posted this photo before, this shot is at a different angle.

Bob Cline has made an informative comment.

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Cole Bros Circus #13

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Cole Bros elephant line up. Ready to go on,  just waiting for the whistle. Photo taken in 1940.

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Gene Holter Ad

Posted By on September 9, 2012

 

The following posts were provided by Lucy Olney.  Her father, Bill Olney, was the owner of the Galesburg, Michigan Speedway. He and Gene Holter were the best of friends.

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Gene Holter & G.T.

Posted By on September 9, 2012

His back is turned to us in this photo. Gene Holter and G.T. “Great Tiger” in a 1959 Eldorado Cadillac advertising his wild animal show at the Galesburg Speedway. Gene never toned down his way of advertising his show. He indeed was one of the most flamboyant showmen of his time. I am guessing that the photo was taken in 1960 or 1961.

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