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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1934  4 Horse hitch with wagon Posted 2-of 13The notes on the negative folder say ” Back stringer, scissor jacks and square jacks. 1932.” Note. There also was A frame jacks in those days.  I will try to explain. In the old days of the circus, all the sets were made of wood. There were 4 to 5 jacks from large to small in height. They supported the long stringer that was built to hold the set blanks.  When completed it looks like a wide staircase, which would allow people to walk up and sit, similar to a baseball park portable steel grandstand. Each section of sets were 12 to 14 foot long and 8 to 12 foot high. These dimensions varied from circus to circus. The big shows were much taller so they could hold more people. Many of the larger sets had a mud board that ran under the jacks tying them together for support so they could not sway or fall backwards.

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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1936  8 Horse hitch with wagon Posted 2-of 13

1935…. This photo most definitely is of  pole wagons, with side poles. Also it looks like some three quarter poles were loaded on the bottom. It takes an eight horse team to pull the tremendous weight of these wagons.
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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1936  Black Team Horse hitch with wagon Posted 2-of 131935,  Small Cargo tent wagon which might have been for a dressing room or horse stable or even part of the cook house. There were many small tents on the circus that were used for whatever was needed.

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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1936  Horse top Posted 2-of 13This tent is used for shoeing the horses. The blacksmith for the circus in those days had a 24 hour job. All the horses trained or otherwise were cared for and shawed. Here too, spectators enjoy watching the blacksmith at his work.

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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1936  MACK TRUCK READT FOR UNLOADING Posted 2-of 13I would like to think that the two boys in this photo are running home to tell there parents “the circus is in town and setting up for a show tonight.”

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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1936  MACK TRUCK WORKING Posted 2-of 13This is a chain drive Mack. The photo was taken in 1935. The truck was used for pulling and maintenance. It has a I beam with a chain pulley, a winch and tool boxes over the duals.

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Ringling Bros  Barnum Bailey Loaded Flat Cars Posted 1 of 13Show loaded and ready to leave the side rail for the main track, 1938.

Thanks Bob for your comment.

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Ringling Bros  Barnum Stake Driverand Bailey  Long Cage 1938 Posted 1 of 13This is a double stake driver. Next to the light plants its considered # two in importance. It can dive steel or hickory stobs, saving time and manpower. 1938…………. I forgot there is one more important item, the cook house.

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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1932  Cargo Wagons Posted 1of 13Both wagons 16 and 17 are cargo wagons. Photo taken in 1932.

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Ringling Bros Barnum   Bailey  1932  Trucks on flat cars Posted 1of 13Before unloading the trucks are tested to make sure that they will start. Sometimes they were primed with gas to start and warm up. On a long trip the fuel could evaporate.  1932.

Great info on these two trucks. Thanks Bob for researching out the information with Steve Flint. A great comment.

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