The Lacys #2

Posted By on December 20, 2011

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The Lacys #3

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The Lacys #4

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Tibor Alexander

Posted By on December 20, 2011

Great comment from Laszio Kolozsy Jr.

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Bill H.R. 3359

Posted By on December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

As of today, I called Washington, DC, and spoke to the secretary of Congressman Grijalva.  I explained to him my concerns regarding H.R. 3359 bill and the affect it would have on circus animal trainers etc.  The secretary suggested that we email Congressman Grijalva at grijalva.house.gov …. telling him of our concerns.

It is important that you get in touch with your state representatives now!  Otherwise we will have no right to complain.

Many thanks,   Ivan

 

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Albert Fleet ?

Posted By on December 17, 2011

This photo may be of Albert Fleet and his chimps? I am not to sure? This photo was in with assorted Clyde Beatty program covers that I have from 1944 and 1954. I know that Albert and Clyde were good friends. When Albert was on the show he always worked the safety door on Clyde’s arena.

A fine comment from Steve Fleet………….. Thanks Steve.

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Henry N. “Doc” Capell

Posted By on December 17, 2011

           Doc started out in    show business as a ventriloquist in the mid 1920’s.

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The Circus Side Show

Posted By on December 17, 2011

In this photo Doc Capell is standing near the ticket box. Throughout the years Doc found it easier to rent out space to other side show owners. However this side show did belong to him. I got a phone call a day or so ago  wanting to know how Doc came by the name of “Doc”.  In “Doc” Henry N. Capell’s younger years he had a Punch and Judy show.  He was also a ventriloquist and had several dummies that he worked school shows with. Then later he bought out a medicine show and began selling snake oil and other elixirs… which is how he became known as  “Doc” Capell. The name just stuck with him throughout his life…….. Oh yes, I almost forgot,  he was also a professional wrestler as well. Then came the circus and the carnival.

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Tails Of The Old West

Posted By on December 17, 2011

Some times banner lines would change in the middle of the season and present a totally new show. Just about every circus or carnival had a painter that could paint a banner line like this one in a few days. Versatility was the name of the game. You had to keep trying till you got a financial winner. In this small tent side show there was no rodeo.  It was an audio talk show of how it was done in the rodeos through pictures of the real cowboys themselves. Kind of a how to be a cowboy if you had the notion. Capell Bros midway early 1940’s.

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The Banner Painter

Posted By on December 17, 2011

These show painters were unbelievable. All you had to do wavs to give them an idea of what you wanted and their mind would run away with it. They had great imagination and skill and when their banner was completed it was indeed a work of art. Most of these side show banners are worth a fortune in today’s market. Even thoughts that have been painted over a few times are extremely valuable. If you happen to have a circus or carnival side show banner, you have a work of art.

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