Cole Bros Circus #7

Posted By on September 14, 2012

Cole BrosElephant Boss Alonzo Devers Charlie Oride Louie Joe Jean 101 Ranch Herd Posted 8 12 7 1024x610 Cole Bros Circus #7   The head bull man was Alonzo Devers. There was a few more names on the negative folder. Charlie Oride. Louis, Joe and Jean. Also written 101 Ranch herd and nothing more. These elephants could have been sold to Cole Bros the dates are about right, late 1939.

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Cole Bros Circus #8

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ColeBros 1937Wagons lined up at Winter Quarters Posted 8 12 8 1024x581 Cole Bros Circus #8   This photo was taken at the back lot of the Cole Bros winter quarters in 1937. All empty and ready for winter.

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Cole Bros Circus #9

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ColeBros 1938 Tiger Wagon in Parade Posted 8 12 9 1024x627 Cole Bros Circus #9    Tiger cage wagon moving into line up for show parade 1938. I am quite pleased when there are memos that the photographer wrote on the front of the negative folders. Often he went into great detail which I convey to you. However if it wasn’t for numerous circus fans and others who watch over the circus blog, there would be less circus historical information. The comments are greatly appreciated.

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Cole Bros Circus #10

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ColeBros 1942 animal Cage Posted 8 12 10 1024x563 Cole Bros Circus #10  Two section animal cage wagon 1942.

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Cole Bros Circus #11

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ColeBros 1942 Monkey cage Posted 8 12 11 1024x714 Cole Bros Circus #11   Cole Bros monkey cage wagon 1942. I am noticing that most of the wagons were converted over to steel hard rubber wheels. It is evident in the photos that the date is in the early 1940′s. Bob Cline made mention of this. Here is my question…. Were the wheels a special make or were they removed from wrecked trucks such as a Mack? There has been many different types of conversion on circus equipment in the past and even in the present.

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Cole Bros Circus #12

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ColeBrs 1936 Seal Wagon Posted 8 12 copy 12 1024x629 Cole Bros Circus #12    Cole Bros seal wagon 1936.   I have posted this photo before, this shot is at a different angle.

Bob Cline has made an informative comment.

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Cole Bros Circus #13

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Colr Bros Elephants line up ready to go on1940 Posted 8 12 13 1024x592 Cole Bros Circus #13   Cole Bros elephant line up. Ready to go on,  just waiting for the whistle. Photo taken in 1940.

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Gene Holter Ad

Posted By on September 9, 2012

 

51.3 Kzoo Mich Gazette2 898x1024 Gene Holter Ad The following posts were provided by Lucy Olney.  Her father, Bill Olney, was the owner of the Galesburg, Michigan Speedway. He and Gene Holter were the best of friends.

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Gene Holter & G.T.

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51.1 GENE HOLTER ANIMAL CIRCUS GALESBURG SPEEDWAY 1024x589 Gene Holter & G.T.His back is turned to us in this photo. Gene Holter and G.T. “Great Tiger” in a 1959 Eldorado Cadillac advertising his wild animal show at the Galesburg Speedway. Gene never toned down his way of advertising his show. He indeed was one of the most flamboyant showmen of his time. I am guessing that the photo was taken in 1960 or 1961.

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Babe & Ray Chandler

Posted By on September 9, 2012

43.7 BABE Galesburg Mich SPeedway Babe & Ray Chandler This photo of Ray and Babe was taken in or around 1955. Ray Chandler was the head animal man and trainer for Gene Holter at that time.

Thank you Janice Chandler Trevino for you comment.

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