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Circus Photos and Illustrations - Shows Page Five
Photographs and illustrations from early Bandwagon issues and other sources. An ongoing project . . .
Andrew Wachter operated the Silvan Drew Circus from 1926 to 1929. This Kelty picture shows the final season of 1929. Pfening Collection. Bandwagon, Vol. 9, No. 5 (Sep-Oct), 1965, p. 19.
I took this photo of John "Big John" Strong Circus in Shafter, CA in 1977. My husband and I traveled with them for a couple of months taking pictures - Dona Tracy.
This letterhead of Indian Bill's Wild West and Mexican Hippodrome is printed in light red with the Indian head in black. J. Augustus Jones was manager of this show which toured only in 1903. "Bill Woodcock's Circus Letterheads," Bandwagon, Vol. 9, No. 6 (Nov-Dec), 1965, p. 47.
Reno and Alvord Circus, 1909. "Bill Woodcock's Circus Album," Bandwagon, Vol. 6, No. 3 (May-Jun), 1962, p. 17.
The King & Franklin Circus was a railroad show that operated from 1887 to 1891. W. E. Franklin, the manager, was connected with the John Robinson and Franklin Bros. Circus in 1896. "Bill Woodcock's Circus Letterheads," Bandwagon, Vol. 10, No. 3 (May-Jun), 1966, p. 19.
These two letterheads were no doubt both drawn by the same artist. Printed by the Quigley Lithograph Co., of Kansas City, Missouri, the are of shows owned by father and son. William Newton, Sr., operated the Lucky Bill Shows over a period from 1880 to 1917. A. B. Campbell used the title in the 1920s. William Newton, Jr. used the Honest Bill title 1903-17; 1923-24 and in 1927. In 1918, 1920 and 1922 Bill Newton, Jr. called his show Hontest Bill-Lucky Bill. "Bill Woodcocks' Circus Letterheads," Bandwagon, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Jul-Aug), 1966, p. 27.
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