Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

I do not have the name of this tableau band wagon. The photo was taken in 1921, at the show lot while waiting for the parade wagon line up.

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Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

This is a billing poster that was used in 1921. There are no photos in this poster. All the figures are hand drawn art work. A master poster is made of which many posters are printed from.

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Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

Walter L. Main air calliope, 1921. It seems to me that the man in front of the wagon is lifting up the single tree or tongue for harness dressing.

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Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

1921 billing poster. This poster consisting of art work only , no photos.

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Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

This band wagon tableau I have no date for. I was fortunate to even get this photo from its negative. The pictorial in the center of the wagon looks to be racing chariots.

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Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

While managing Lakemont Amusement Park, for Bill Capell in the late 1980’s, I was approached by a customer that I had seen at the park before. He said “you come from a circus family I hear”. I  said ” yes, why?” He asked me if I was familiar with a circus train wreck that had happened outside of Tyrone. He caught me off guard as I thought he was speaking of the present time. Then he explained to me that his grandfather had helped in the clean up and also helped repair wagons as he was a carpenter. I heard some very horrific stories form this man that were told to him by his grandfather, I have to stop here, I think you know why! I knew the history of the accident but the actual whereabouts was unknown to me. Lakemont Park was located in Altoona, PA, just a few miles from Tyrone. That sparked my interest because there was another smaller amusement park in Tyrone, called Bland’s Park, Bill Capell sold rides to this park before we took over Lakemont Park a few years later. A day or so later I called the customer Sylas Ringler and asked if he knew the location of the accident and could he take Bill and myself there. On our day off we went to Tyrone. We were able to get to the area where the wreck accrued but all was overgrown where the wreckage ounce laid. Bill and I walked down and though the area in hopes maybe something could be found. Bill did come across a small splinter of wood with a haft inch bolt and washer the bolt length was about five inches. Sylas said that the area had been picked over for years…………” Could have been circus people”? Bill kept what he found. ……..” Well we will never know for sure but I am going to keep it anyway”.

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Walter L. Main

Posted By on August 9, 2012

The Walter L. Main train wreck took place May 30th, 1993 a few miles outside of Tyrone, PA.

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Lee Noblitt

Posted By on August 7, 2012

Gil Gray Circus 1963, Dallas, Texas. State Fair. The circus was sponsored by Frito Lay. This was the only time the Gil Gray circus was in a big top. The leopards were owned by Gil and as Lee puts it, he was roped into working the act.

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Lee Noblitt

Posted By on August 7, 2012

The Gil Gray Circus 1963. Lee Noblitt putting the Gil Gray leopards though their paces.

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Lee Noblitt

Posted By on August 7, 2012

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