Bobby Casey Gary

Posted By on September 28, 2012

From left to right Bobby Gibbs, Casey Gibbs and Gary Henry. Casey will have to make a comment to fill me in on where and when………. Zoeana Henry, Gary’s wife sent this picture along with others for the circus blog.

A real kind comment from Casey Gibbs.

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A Circus Kid

Posted By on September 28, 2012

Ivan Henry age five. The photo was taken on the Yankee Patterson Circus produced by Jimmy Woods. I have a several of different family photos that I will be posting. All of a sudden people have started sending photos of their families and mine as well photos from my motion picture days. Many thanks.

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Kandra Kay Craig

Posted By on September 28, 2012

Kandra.. A note for you. Not to long ago my sister Charlotte sent some photos that my mother had. Photos that date back to the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Among these photos was a baby picture of you, age 5 months. I would like to send it to you if you wish. Give me a call 602 359-6372 for your address.   Sincerely IVAN

 

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Gene Holter Ranch

Posted By on September 28, 2012

Ray and Thelma Chandler working with a cheetah most likely for a movie. Gene Holter along with his show also had Movieland Animals. in Norco, Calif. Ray Chandler was one of Gene’s top trainers. Ray must have been born with a natural talent for working with and training animals of all kinds. He never had any formal training. Most trainers have a mentor, or start out in the business as a groom, not Ray. Here is a little known fact about Ray Chandler….. his career started out as a birthday and party clown. His daughter Janice will be sending me photos of him in clown makeup for posting. I also want to thank Janice for all the Chandler family and the Johnny Cline photos.

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Gene Holter Show

Posted By on September 28, 2012

Thelma Chandler and Babe. The photo was taken in 1955 on the Holter show.

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Cline’s Elephants

Posted By on September 28, 2012

In this publicity photo Kathy Johnny’s daughter is in the act taking Milongas her mothers place. After Johnny passed away Ray Chandler, a good friend of the Clines took the elephants to Benny Williams at Circus World. Benny then delivered them to a circus in Brazil. Molly, one of the elephants died shortly after arriving. I presume the other to are still alive to this day.

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Clines Elephants

Posted By on September 28, 2012

Johnny and Milonga Cline’s elephants named Princess, Dell and Molly. This photo was used for their publicity. I think the photos were taken on the Rudy Show in the mid 1950’s.

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Great London Circus Setting Poles

Posted By on September 19, 2012

This can be the most dangerous part of setting up the circus…..pulling up the center poles. In haste…. trying to get the show up and ready for the afternoon performance. There is that chance that the rigger will forget to put a safety cable on. For each pole there are three to four cables and if one is missing or not fixed properly you will loose a pole causing great damage to equipment or life. This was one of the jobs I had check and double check …..all rigging, bull-cable, mud blocks, bale rings, etc. When all was ready the truck would pull forward lifting by cable the first pole. The pole is secured leaving just a little play in the safety cables. Each pole there after is put into the air much easier.

Thank you Harry for your kind comment and yes it brought back good memories.

Cappi you could be right. Thanks for your comment.

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Great London Circus Centers Up

Posted By on September 19, 2012

All the sections of canvas were laid out by the Spool truck. Bruce Robinson, boss canvas man calls out for the men to line up for the unfolding making it ready for stretching out. Bruce stands far back for all to see and hear him. It is somewhat like the military, barking out orders only not as harsh……….Sometimes.

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Great London Circus Stretching Out

Posted By on September 19, 2012

Stretching out the canvas all has to be done in unison. Bruce in the white coat would call out, “All together now, lift it up, shake it out, get some air under it, PULL it back.” In one burst all would run backwards equally pulling the canvas to the outside. If you have done this before it is easy but if you are a newcomer most likely you will trip and be covered over. No one stops once the pull has started. It’s good for a laugh watching someone crawling out from under the canvas. The section must all line up correctly for each can be laced to the other. Lasing canvas is hard to explain…. you have to see it done to learn.

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