Sideshows By The Seashore

Posted By on July 14, 2012

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Sideshows By The Seashore

Posted By on July 14, 2012

Ward Hall doing his Bally first, then into the pitch.

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Sideshows By the Seashore

Posted By on July 14, 2012

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Sideshows By the Seashore

Posted By on July 14, 2012

Many of Ward Hall’s banners had somewhat of a cartoon attitude to them. I always liked that and I bet that the on lookers did too. This banner is called “Nail Head.”

Carol Phillips has a question on who the banner artist may be.

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Sideshows By the Seashore

Posted By on July 14, 2012

My grandfather built a small side show on his circus. The Gorilla Girl was an illusion and was the main feature of the show. That all ended abruptly while traveling to their next town…A new teamster on the sideshow wagon and a rough trail, caused the large clear glass pane and the mirror used for the Gorilla illusion to break…..No more “Gorilla Girl”  1901…I just reminded myself of a question that was asked of me awhile ago. How many miles could a mud show travel in one day?  It is a hard question to answer because there were very few paved roads from town to town in those days. Most roads then were a single dirt trail with wheel ruts. Circus wagons on a good day and trail  could do about 15 to 20 miles in a full day. Automobiles in those times could do about 25 to 35 miles. What would slow up a mud show was the herding of hoof stock and larger animals. They would graze along the way and would cause the mileage to drop sharply.  My father told me that often they would be a day or a day and a haft behind the wagons. It was absolutely important to make every jump as small as possible.

Hi James. Thank you for your comment.

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Sideshows By the Seashore

Posted By on July 14, 2012

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Ward Hall

Posted By on July 14, 2012

In this photo Ward is playing trumpet with World of Wonders Bally Band. Sept 1- 2009, MN State Fair.

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Circus U S A 1985

Posted By on July 14, 2012

This photo is from the Ward Hall collection. I am sure the lady and the children are with the circus, but there names are unknown to me.

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Back Yard——Ward Hall

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The Kolozsys

Posted By on July 8, 2012

Laszio performing numerous somersaults while playing the trombone and keeping in tempo with the circus orchestra.

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