JTH Ringling Articles Harrisburg Telegraph 5-17-1939
WEDNESDAY EVENING HARRISmTRGCTECEXIRXPH World Famous Grcus Coming Ringling Brothers and Bar - nam and Bailey Here Saturday, June 3 ADVANCE "ME N HERE A red private railroad car rolled into the city today. Upon it thirty advertising specialists men under command cf John Brassil, who paste, hang and tack the pulse - quickening posters of the Ringling Brothers and Bar - num and Bailey Circus hurriedly shed business suits and climbed into overalls. Leaping into station wagons, they were soon scattered throughout the .city and the surrounding country spreading the glad word, pictorial and printed, that the Greatest Show on Earth will exhibit here Saturday, June 3, at Greenwood and Twenty - first streets, with Gargantua the Great, world's largest and most ferocious captive gorilla, on close - up display in the menagerie; with an air - conditioned big top, both heating and cooling systems; blue ceilinged and otherwise interior decorated, and with a performance topping, they say, all previous Big Show efforts. In an office on the combination sleeper - work - shop, Jerome T. Harriman, the contracting press agent, gathered his photos, mats, display schedules and stories and called on the newspapers. New Attractions He is enthusiastic about the attractions the Greatest Show on Earth has to offer. He avows that words cannot describe the beauty of the new streamlined spectacle, "The World Comes to the World's Fairj" which Charles Le Maire, famous Ziegfeld Follies' designer, has produced for the circus. That Gargantua the Great is thrilling the crowds, who can now inspect him closely at leisure, is another point that scores with the press agent. Harriman says that the greatly increased number of imported foreign acts has given the performance unusual appeal, for John Ringling North, president of the circus, who combed Europe last winter for outstanding features, had great success. Heading the European features are: The Pi - lades, leapers over elephants, horses and camels; the Zerbinis, Ortans and Filudys, springboard SISTERS JOINED IS DEATH Wullamtporf. May 17. DEATH came within in hoar to tu a aced sisters. Mr. Katie Dranm. S5. foni SUtloa. died la the Wil - liamspart Hospital. Her sister. Mrs. Mary Lord. N. or Kew Gardens, L. L, succumbed 15 minutes later. Mrs. Dmmm's fans band, Jacob, died four weeks at o, just a few days after she was admitted to the hospital here with a hip fracture. Big Show's Girls No Longer Run to Heft and Big Biceps somersaulting acrobats: Albert Powell and the Great Arturo, fly ing trapeze and high wire stars; the Aicardis, novelty jugglers; the Iwanows, aerial bar sensationalists; Albertino and Lulu, the Continent's most famous clowns and other famous aerial, tight .wire and acrobatic troupes, including Hubert Castle, England's supreme comedy artists on the tight wire. And the darling cf the equestrian displays, madcap Dorothy Herbert is back with the Big Show from European triumphs. Terrell Jacobs offers in the world's largest steel arena over the largest center ring ever built the largest group of performing wild animals ever seen in America. He works fifty performing lions, tigers and leopards in an act that is, as they used to say, full of chills and thrills. The great Riding Cristiani family, world's peerless bareback stars, with Lucio and Belmonte in horse - to - horse somersaulting; the famous Flying Concellos, with Antoinette, only girl triple somersaulter; the Flying Comets and Randolls; the Walkmirs, aerial perch marvels; the Torrence - Dolores; Dolly Jacobs and her riding lion and leopards these are other' preeminent features of the 1939 re - styled Big Show, with its f orty - pne tents, its 1600 people, its five herds of elephants, its 1009 menagerie animals and its hundreds of horses, including seventy new Kentucky four - year - olds, schooled by the great William Heyer, famed Dutch trainer, and Tex Elmlundt. Tamara Heyer and her equestrian cart novelty also feature the Kentucky horse displays. Lions Select Oil City Allentown, May 17. Pennsylvania Lions Clubs yesterday selected Oil City for their 1940 convention. - Dilffc sjjti ssqJCi 29 'Eft' MQ33G5S ts'iti&iiim y " D 1 - 1 i Urn nmm i m - S" hi mt f I FOUR OF THE FOUR HUNDRED Present Day Beauties With the Great Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Co mbined Circus In the days of old when hansom cabs and bustles were highlights of the American scene, many circus girls ran to bunchy muscles and avoirdupois. Gradually, all this changed, and nowadays the girls of the Ringling Bros. and. Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus, coming to Harrisburg, June 3, are slender, despite the fact that they per form feats in the air, on the ground and on the . backs of galloping horses far more daring and arduous than their sisters of the Gay Nineties and the early years of the 20th century. Take the tent - full of girls in the show's great new aerial displays as an example. These pretty youngsters are intrepid and graceful fliers, and they have amazing strength and endurance. However, their muscles are so perfectly developed that they lie hidden until called upon for co - ordinated and tremendous physical effort in mid - air. The modern circus girl . . . especially the hundreds of lovely lassies with The Greatest Show on Earth ... has a superb figure, lithe, svelte and rounded. Ask then how come and they will shrug and say that they think they were just born that way. Maybe so, for all the world knows that the voluptuous types of the turn of the century are almost gone from town and country in America. All of which goes to prove th,at the circus does change with the time, even if its essence remains the same as in the yesterdays of the singing clowns and the red coated ringmasters. Performances of the Big Show will be given at 2 and 8 p. m., starting with the 1939 edition of Nepal, the gorgeous new Charles Le Maire designed spectacle. The doors will open at 1 and 7 p. m., allowing ,a full hour's time for the public inspection of the world's largest traveling menagerie. pure autocracies, run by insiae cliques, and the check - off is the power to tax and a first lien on wages. It many countries where they have had legally recognized control they have entered .into deals with the industrial management at the expense of the rank and file of the men, and at the expense of the unemployed. Like every other social institution, they should not have too much power, for power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely in trade unions as everywhere else.