Monday, August 13, 2007


Dr. L.C. Holland, a dentist and an amateur clown. He was a good friend of Felix Adler's (to the point where Felix either gave him old costumes or patterns) who used to clown with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus doing walkarounds during his two weeks of vacation from his practice each year back in the 1940s.

Strangely, I've never seen a photo of Dr. Holland performing the Dentist Gag, only walkarounds.

1 comment:

laura hamilton said...

Hello Out There,

Dr. L. C. Holland (AKA Ta Ta the Clown, circa 1930's & '40's) was my great grandfather. He lived in Suffolk, VA. He used to take my mother (his granddaughter) with him on some of his clown outings. She would also be dressed as a clown. Her name is Regina Holland Hamilton and she was around five years old at the time. I have pictures of him with fellow circus performers, including Emmett Kelly. He custom made gold rings with circus symbols for some of the performers. I believe one was made for Felix Adler. My uncle (his grandson) has thank you notes written from some of the clowns that he made rings for and has begun a search through the various correspondence. I have a men's gold lion head ring and my cousin has a ladie's clown ring that "PaPa" made for my great grandmother. The family has some of his memorabilia. We would like to organize these items into a meaningful collection for future generations. Does anyone have any correspondence, photos, or even the rings that I may purchase or copy? My mother is nearing 80. She is the only one that remembers him and I don't want his story to die. I would be most appreciative of any information that's out there and will reciprocate with any information my family has. It's currently unorganized so it may take awhile to find specific information but I promise that I will follow through with any requests.

Thank you, Laura Hamilton (Great granddaughter of Dr. L. C. Holland.)

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