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I am working on a project where the Clyde Beatty Circus has arisen, specifically in the spring of 1949. Even more specifically, I’m interested in the Thin Man from that era. Would anyone know where to direct me to sources, published or not, so that I could learn more?

Many thanks for any tips, Bill Deverell

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Your query has baffled the nation’s authority on Clyde Beatty and his circus. Are you desiring information about a thin man, meaning a side show employee with Clyde Beatty in 1949? Billboard, a weekly trade journal with circus news, is accessible on Google Books Advanced Search. Bi-monthly issues of the CHS Bandwagon and Circus Fans Association journal White Tops might also include coverage. A quick Google image search revealed several images of the bannerline of the 1949 side show.
Billboard, October 29, 1949, page 72 has an ad placed by Marvin E. Smith, manager of the 1949 side show. In it he listed the entire line-up of employees. The only one listed that might be a thin man is ‘Marvin . . . The Anatomical Wonder’. Smith’s identity as the anatomical wonder is confirmed in another roster in the issue of May 1, 1948, page 62. After being there 1948-1949, Smith lost the Beatty contract for the 1950 tour, his ad immediately above one placed by George ‘Red’ White that sought 1950 attractions. Smith went over to Biller Bros. for 1950. He had also been on Beatty in 1945 and Cole Bros. in 1944.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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