Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOXING GAG: Chesty Mortimer & Billy Denaro (1930)


This photo turns up every now and again but I've finally identified the whiteface as Billy Denaro, born Wilhelm Bohm (or Vohm) in Prague in 1895. He spent 16 years in the Ringling clown alley starting in 1924.

He passed away in an automobile accident near Monroe, NY while serving in the Merchant Marine following World War II in the summer of 1946.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

WITH BELLO NOCK: Melha Shrine Circus (April 25, 2015)

Pat Cashin and Bello Nock backstage at the Melha Shrine Circus in Springfield, MA
(Photo courtesy of Bello Nock)

Sunday, April 26, 2015