AN Elephant Escort #1

Posted By on October 10, 2012

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Ringling #2

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R.B.B&B. 1978

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Allan C. Hill’s Great American Circus

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MAY GOD BLESS THOSE CIRCUS PERFORMERS WHO ARE NO LONGER  WITH US.

Indeed Bob.

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Gene Detroy Chimps

Posted By on October 4, 2012

Gene Detroy and his wife Jan. The little chimps name is Panize.This Photo was taken in in 1972 or there about.

The Godfather looks on, perhaps to make an offer.

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Gene De troy Chimps

Posted By on October 4, 2012

Getting ready to go on.1966.

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Gene Detroy Chimps

Posted By on October 4, 2012

The Gene Detroy chimps were probably the best theatrical act in there time. The only other act I can think of that topped them, was Gus Augsburg’s Jungle Wonders…..By my term theatrical I mean stage shows, clubs, etc but not circus. All though with a few miner adjustment in a circus chimp act can play Las Vegas type venues. I don’t think anyone then or now can compare with these two great acts.

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Gabriel Henry

Posted By on October 4, 2012

Gabe sits in one of our circus semis playing his drums.  He was only four at the time of this photo, taken at Legend City amusement Park in 1976. I was surprised by his rhythmic ability at such a young age.

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Shorty & Solon Henry

Posted By on October 4, 2012

My elephant Shorty’s best friend was my son Solon. If I would allow them they would play all day long and never get tired. The mud hole was their favorite spot. Solon would take off Shorty’s chains, grab the water hose and the fun started. Shorty was capable of taking off his own leg chains. He figured out a way to undo the chain clevis using one foot and his trunk finger. His back chain was even simpler he would pull up the stake. Shorty never took off….. he just wanted to visit sometimes at 3:00 am.  He would come to the trailer door and gently push it …..just enough to rock the trailer to awake us.

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The Movie Jumbo

Posted By on October 4, 2012

From left to right, myself, Ronnie Louis, four from the left… Bill Couch. The names of the other three members of our group escape me. Jumbo was a big musical movie shot at M.G.M studios in 1962. Staring in the movie were Stephen Boyd, Martha Raye, Jimmy Durante, Doris Day and Dean Jagger.

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