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I am trying to find some information about the Johnny J. Jones Exposition from 1912 (or before) until 1935-1936. I am told also that their winter headquarters were here in Tampa. I am particularly interested in any information you may have on a man named Col. or Captain Jim Moore who might have owned or operated the Johnny J. Jones Exposition and/or a Wild West Show during that time period. I have a picture of him at the World’s Fair in Chicago, in 1935-1936, probably one of or maybe his last show before retiring from the business. I am also trying to find a copy of Bob Goldsack’s book, “Johnny’s Here”: the History of the Johnny J. Jones Expo, which I saw referenced in your message board. That book seems to be out of print and I’m having trouble obtaining a copy of it. Any information you have would be helpful and greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Misty Hall

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My grandfather made and sold soda and ice cream in Milton, PA. For years he had a circus picture that hung in his office over his desk. I now have that picture. At the bottom it states “Johnny J Jones Exposition, Dayton, Ohio, June 25, 1925”. The picture is about 10 inches wide and 47 inches and appears to be everyone in the exposition, including 3 elephants. I have been told by many family members that there is a man that is in the picture twice, at each end since it was taken in sections, but I have not been able to find him. Other than that I don’t have any information but would like to know more.

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My mother was a star dancer in the 40’s and performed at Johnny J. Jones Exposition in Altoona. I have the newspaper clipping and several photos of her in costume. Her stage name was Desira. If anyone knows of anyone during that time (5-9-1949) I would love to hear from them. Till next time.

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I too am interested in anything about the Johnny J. Jones Exposition. It is said that my grandmother traveled as a dancer with the Exposition. I do have pictures of her in costume. My uncle is named Johnny J. Jones, Jr. His widow said that he had an uncle who owned a big circus! I talked with a circus historian once, who told me that many male relatives of Johnny J. Jones who ran the exposition were named Johnny J. Jones. My aunt says she has a picture of the father, Johnny J. Jones, of my uncle. I have not seen it yet. I did go to the library in Orlando, and got copies of newspaper articles on the death of the Johnny J. Jones who owned the Exposition. He was pictured in those articles. I would love to find something in print that refers to my grandmother. Her name was May or Mae (Rice) Jones.

Debbie Meyer

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I do have a copy of the Bob Goldsack Book on the circus and it is a good overall history of the circus but is not much help for those of us who are searching for individuals. It referred to Wild Animal shows but no names for handlers or keepers. I looked for the name Cpt Jim Moore but did not find it.

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