Circus worker Joe McKennon

235410
Date
1982-09-15
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Eleven color slides. McKennon died in 2001. Images are of McKennon in his Sarasota home with marionette puppets.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S82-1 - S82-11
Circus workers

Carnival worker at his game booth

119713
Date
Not after 1978
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS78594
Circus workers

Interview with circus worker Ward Hall

238869
Date
1982-01-07
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. (Also copied on C95-46, as well as C83-16) Ward, a carnival pitchman, and circus worker, discusses his career. Topics include pitching; carnivals; circuses; selling techniques; and performing in circuses. The material was featured in two episodes for the public radio program, Florida Home, on traveling entertainment. Copies of the programs can be found on C85-14.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T82-25
Circus workers

Interview with circus performer Bill Rodgers

238883
Date
1982-01-06
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two reel to reels. Rodgers discusses his life in the circus. Topics include clowns; training for the circus; traveling; ring masters; and training birds. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-27 & C83-28. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the programs can be found  on C85-14.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T82-37
Item ID
T82-36
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Interview with circus performer Erik Adams

238882
Date
1982-01-06
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. Adams was an animal trainer and circus performer. In the interview, he discusses training dogs and chimpanzees; the differences between carnivals and circuses; types of circus performers; and life in the traveling circus. Copied onto audiocassette C83-26. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T82-35
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Clyde Beatty circus acrobats performing teeter-totter act

115466
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435C
Folklife Collection

Monkeys getting ready to race for a Clyde Beatty circus show

115470
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435G
Folklife Collection.

Clyde Beatty circus elephants and handlers

115473
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435J
Folklife Collection.

The Eriksons from Medrano "Le Cirque de Paris" performing acrobatic balancing act in Florida

115465
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435B
Folklife Collection.

Clyde Beatty circus employees gathered for a group picture

115474
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435K
Folklife Collection

Virginia Shumway in old Clyde Beatty circus roller coaster car

115463
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP824356
Folklife Collection

Interview with circus employee Wesley Brown

235361
Date
1988-08-15
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. A thirty-year veteran of Florida circuses, Brown, by the time of the interview, spent his time repairing circus wagons. He discusses working for Eastern Airlines; move to Jacksonville in 1932; his early interest in circuses; types of circuses he watched as young man; types of clowns; acrobatic, and animal acts; first work with circuses in 1950s; employment with the Hoxie Brothers Circus and a 'wild west show'; various circus jobs and duties; treatment of circus animals; circuses in Florida; life of a circus worker; travel with circuses; performers; hierarchy of workers; family acts; performer training; and future of circuses. NOTE: According to the depositor's agreement, the material in the interview specifically cannot be used for newspaper articles. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Duval County was a joint venture between the Duval County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was started in 1984 by folklorist David Taylor with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, and in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist which included visits by local folk artists. Taylor ran it until 1986. In 1988, Gregory Hansen re-initiated it with minor changes.
Type
Sound
Item ID
Tape 2
circus worker; travel

Interview with Joe McKennon

238870
Date
1982-01-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Seven reel to reels. McKennon, a life-long circus worker, discusses his career. Topics include leaving Texas for the circus as teen; types of shows; circus traveling and transportation; tents used; differences between carnivals and circuses; history of John Ringling; the types of circuses in the 1920s and 1930s; South Florida circuses; jobs he held; medicine shows; and competition between circuses. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-17, C83-18, C83-19, C83-20, C8.-21, C83-22, and C83-23. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T82-29
Item ID
T82-30
Item ID
T82-31
Item ID
T82-32
Item ID
T82-28
Item ID
T82-27
Item ID
T82-26
Circus workers

Ethel Purtle and King riding in a lion drome for a Clyde Beatty circus show

115468
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435E
Folklife Collection

Anna and Charles LeRoy with snakes in Clyde Beatty circus show

115469
Date
1939
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435F
Folklife Collection.

Clyde Beatty circus animal trainer with his head in an elephant's mouth

115471
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435H
Folklife Collection.

Clyde Beatty performing with his big cats

115476
Date
1941
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435M
Folklife Collection

Clyde Beatty performing with lion

115486
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82436K
Folklife Collection

"Lady Sandra" Reed swallowing swords for Clyde Beatty circus show

115467
Date
1976
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435D
Folklife Collection

Barbara Lentz performing her circus animal act at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

105776
Date
1992
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F201512
Circus workers

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus cannon act members at Tampa court house for group portrait

115472
Date
1934
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82435I
Folklife Collection

Congress of Freaks of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey (combined?) Circus.

115479
Date
1924
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP82436C
Folklife Collection.

Barbara Simmons getting ready to perform her circus animal act at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

105774
Date
1992
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F2015115
Folklife Collection

Interview with circus worker Doc Art Miller

239027
Date
1981-10-16
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Copied onto reel-to-reels T81-115, T81-116, and T81-117. Some material from the interview was used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the radio programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C81-88
Item ID
C81-87
Item ID
C81-86
Circus workers

Barbara Simmons with Pebbles and Bam Bam from her circus animal act - White Springs, Florida

105777
Date
1992
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F2015128
Folklife Collection

Jaya and Nila Radhakrishnan; Sarasota Sailor Circus at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Crossroads Stage - Festival History)

239317
Date
1992-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette recording. Jaya and Nila Radhakrishnan give a demonstration of East Indian dance along with an explanation of the music, story (Jaya), and steps (Nila); they perform a composition of Nila's father, C.V. Radhakrishnan, called "Amida Budgeon." Bill Lee and Beth Gill (of the Sarasota Sailor Circus) discuss the circus; Lee focuses on circus traditions and history while Gill discusses the school and work required and relationships with friends and family. Because this was the 40th festival, the Crossroads area was partly devoted to performers who contributed to the festival's past and development.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C92-14
Circus workers

Sarasota Sailor Circus; Curly Dekle and Barbara Beauchamp at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Crossroads Stage - Festival History)

239318
Date
1992-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette recording. C92-15: Index indicates that recording device stopped and batteries were replaced resulting in the loss of some of the Dekle/Beauchamp discussion - an outline can be found on the index sheet for C92-15. C92-16: Curly Dekle continues discussion of Florida Folk Festival; Beth Higgs and Jeanie Fitchen ask questions. Bill Lee and Beth Gill (of the Sarasota Sailor Circus) continue discussing the circus. Beth Higgs facilitates discussion by Curly Dekle and Barbara Beauchamp on the history of the Florida Folk Festival. Because this was the 40th festival, the Crossroads area was partly devoted to performers who contributed to the festival's past and development.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C92-15
Item ID
C92-16
Circus workers

Interview with circus worker Doc Art Miller

239135
Date
1981-11-13
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
T81-120: Miller discusses different types of handbills, fliers, and posters and talks about the techniques required to post them. He also discusses performing his shows during the World War Two era and relates how communists and others gave him trouble; tells a story about Rough and Ready, a town in New York, and other stories; describes other acts and describes a card trick and a "pitch;" and talks about devising the tricks, overcoming stage fright, and government sanctions against gambling. T81-121: Miller discusses raising a tent; code words identifying an authentic show person; paying employees with tobacco and food during the Depression; playing a pirated silent film version of Uncle Tom's Cabin; being hassled for putting up his show posters; and playing money games like the shell game and "Innocents Trap." T81-122: Miller discusses finding sponsors and tent space for circuses and carnivals; tells stories about jobs he's held; talks about writing for the "Band Wagon;" and talks about living statue acts and "spectacle" acts circuses used to open their shows. T81-123: Miller discusses waterproofing circus tents; an accident in which a circus tent caught fire and caused the deaths of several, including a young girl; and the menagerie tent. Copied onto cassettes C81-91, C81-92, C81-93 & C81-94. Some material from the interview was used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the radio programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C81-94*
Item ID
C81-92*
Item ID
C81-93*
Item ID
C81-91*
Item ID
T81-123
Item ID
T81-122
Item ID
T81-121
Item ID
T81-120
Circus workers

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