Thursday, March 24, 2016

CLOWN CARS: Billboard Magazine (November 13, 1948)

According to this article Hip Raymond, Kinko Sunberry and Bobo Barnett each took possession of their miniature clown cars within days of each other, all at the end of the 1948 circus season and all built for them by a Mr. Leo L. McKenzie of Wichita, KS.

1948 being the end of Lou Jacobs' first full season of performing his routine.

An earlier "midget auto" built by Leo McKenzie (whose family owned the Wichita Carriage Works)...

Title/Object Name: 
McKenzie Midget Auto
Creator: Unknown photographer
Date Original: Circa 1930
Physical Details: 4 x 3 inches
Description: Group of boys gathered around a miniature automobile built by Leo L. McKenzie. The clown in the driver’s seat and the flags may indicate they are about to participate in a parade. McKenzie built and sold these small cars as a sideline to his business, McKenzie Body Works.
Keywords: Business and industry, children, people, transportation, Wichita.
Subject: Wichita (Kan.) -- Pictorial works
Type: Photographic Contact Print
Collection Name: 
Date Digital: 2003
Identifier: wschm_T3-34.1.8

Mr. McKenzie passed away on January 30, 1977 at the age of 90 in Wichita, KS.

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