Saturday, December 15, 2007


Our thoughts and prayers today are with Dale Longmire (Ringling/Vargas/Walker Bros.) who is recovering from open heart surgery and valve replacement at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Lee Stevens spoke with Dale's sister and heard that all was going well. He should be out of intensive care by this morning.

Dale, get well soon!!!

"You've heard the expression, "ONE IN A MILLION", he's two of them!!!!"
~Bill Strong on Dale Longmire

Friday, December 14, 2007


Posted to YouTube by "patrickske"

After finding this the other night I was going to keep this to myself and use it as "inspiration" for the next series of shows in China, but it was just too good not to share.

For more on Milo (According to Mr. DeSanto it's pronounced "MEE-low") and Roger, please click the title of this post.


According to the back of this photo, the Fratellinis came to the United States in the mid 1920s?!?

CLOWN ALLEY: Ringling-Barnum, 1943

Taken from the 1943 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Program. OK, that's Lou Jacobs and Chesty Mortimer up top, Felix Adler in the center and Paul Jerome in his tramp makeup in the lower left hand corner.

Who is the guy in the lower right? Paul Jung? In 1943?!?

How OLD was this? If it is Jung, was this even taken while Jung was on Ringling? It looks like an early 30s photo from Hagenbeck-Wallace!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


I've just received extremely rare video of the clowns of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performing a Christmas themed number during one the Ringling show's trips to Havana, Cuba during the 1950s. This comes from the estate of a very well known American circus collector and archivist. I am almost certain from it's pristine condition that, other than it's video transfer, this footage has gone unseen since the 1950s.

The footage features Lou Jacobs, Felix Adler, Paul Jung and Otto Griebling.

This number was revived briefly by Jackie LeClaire for the John Ringling North-produced Continental Circus during the holiday season of the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Please click the title of this post for the link to the video. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CLOWN ALLEY: Zippo's Academy of Circus Arts

Posted to YouTube by JaneyTClown

Slosh Act at the Academy of Circus Arts Graduation Showcase.

"There is nothing that can be done that can't be made better by adding Benny Hill music."

FRANKIE SALUTO: Ringling/Barnum, Undated

Frankie Saluto with his pet rabbit preparing for their walkaround.

CLOWN ALLEY: Kelly-Miller, 1951

Eddie Dullam & Lee Virtue, looking like two Bill Ballantine drawings come to life.

Mr. Virtue

Mr. Dullam, whose makeup evolved over the years but never traded in his yarn wig.

Monday, December 10, 2007

GIJON POLIDOR: Undated Photo

Gijon Polidor on Ringling in a photo that looks to have been taken by Maxwell Frederic Coplan.

GEORGE L. FOX: 1875 Humpty Dumpty Program

I found this on eBay this morning.

A rare large July 1875 program for the great 19th century clown G L Fox in his most famous role as Humpty Dumpty.

Please click the title of this post to view the eBay posting of the item.


I received this email the other day...


Hi -

I've been asked to restore a photo of a friend's uncle and a clown, taken about 1991-92.

I worked out that the photo was taken at a Shriners' circus (by zooming in on the background and seeing three men wearing fezzes). I determined that the circus was put on by the Orlando Shriners' group. I wrote to their webmaster a couple of weeks ago, with no response.

I've also scoured the Internet, looking at thousands of clown pictures, to no avail.

As you can see, the clown's face is largely obliterated. This is why I'm researching this. If I can find another photo of the clown, I can work from it to restore this photo, which is a prized possession of my friend's uncle. Otherwise, I'll just have to wing it and hope I come up with something reasonable.

If you can help in any way, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Bill Phillips


Anyone who can help, please email me at CASHINCOMEDY@YAHOO.COM


I noticed that Ed Wynn's high arching eyebrows are very similar to the one's in the photo of Little Walter from last week.


Posted to YouTube by TryAgain02

German cabaret clowning from the 1920's. Karl Valentin - Die verhexten Notenständer.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

BUZZY POTTS: Ringling/Barnum, 1951

Buzzy Potts in a 1951 publicity photo for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.


Comments courtesy of Joel Heidtman

In loving memory of Duane Lawrence "Uncle Soapy" Thorpe: October 11, 1924 - December 9, 1995

Rest well dear friend... you are loved.

Your pal, Joel Heidtman