"In 1954, at the age of 63, Poodles Hanneford retired from performing his trick riding at the circus. He continued with his whip routine for a while, but eventually came to work at an amusement park in New York, called Frontier Town. Poodles played the part of the Old Prospector as well as clowning, his wife Grace run the frontier store, and their daughter Gracie performed there as well with a trained dog act.
Poodles Hanneford worked there until his death in 1967. He is buried in Glens Falls, New York, beneath a memorial that includes his famous step off. Grace, his wife of 48 years, died in 1984 and was buried next to Poodles."
As an addendum to the information on clown-ministry.com, Gracie Hanneford passed away in Glens Falls, NY in the fall of 2006.
The Beatty-Cole Alley always skewed towards neat whitefaces but, since an Alley with absolutely no augustes is unlikely, I'm going to guess that this is just the whiteface members of the 1985 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Clown Alley.
Front and center, Sandy "Sandy K" Kozik with future Vidbel's Olde Tyme Circus star and Billy Vaughn partner Mike Snider directly behind.
This video is from the 131st edition of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey's Circus (2001-2002).
It is Clown Alley's Spoof of the CBS show, Survivor.
This was filmed in Salt Lake City Utah in September of 2001.
The clowns in the gag here are:
Old Tribesman (Horn Blower) - Alan Ware Ester (Big Mama) - Jay Stewart (Boss Clown) Nanuk (Eskimo) - Albert Ramirez Gilligan (Goofy Guy) - Darren Burrell Bikini Model - Molly Pelley Jungle Adventurer - Bryan Fulton Latin Heart-Throb - Francesco Villares Dr Flora Messenger (Dr Laura Schlessinger) - Pamela Ramirez Host - Johnathan Lee Iverson (Ringmaster)
A 1934 photo, purported to be from the personal collection of Edwin "Poodles" Hanneford, of a Boxing Gag being performed on a closed off street.
I can't identify any of the clowns for certain but if it IS from Poodles collection he MAY be the clown on the left with his face obscured by a boxing glove. He looks to be about the right height and build and that certainly does look like his costume.
George "Bumpsy Anthony" Hulme, Swede Johnson and Mark "Mark Anthony" Galkowski performing a "track gag" together on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1969.
Not really sure of the gag since not all of the "beats" are here. It looks as though Bumpsy enters with a box, Swede comes along as the clown cop and tells him to move on, Mark enters as the tramp and sits on the box. Bumspy then lights a fuse attached to the box but when Mark stands up it snaps back on a bungee and hits the 102 year old Swede in the back.
I don't get it but, as I said, we have a couple of "beats" missing here.
Still, it's great to see all three of them in action, especially Bumpsy who has a great physicality to his character that isn't even hinted at in photos.
The other day I was given one of the greatest gifts I've ever received and today I'm sharing it with you. Here is Otto Griebling performing come-in on an outdoor date in 1959 with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Afterwards there is a few minutes of the Boxing Gag with Freddie Freeman on an idoor arena date from the same tour.
Danny Chapman (the man responsible for the creation of Clown College), Mark Anthony and Swede Johnson along with a crew of then recent Clown College graduates present the first Boxing Gag done on the Ringling circus after the retirement of Otto Griebling's longtime sparring partner Freddie Freeman.