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Mender Wood Carter To Show Tiny Model Circus A shipping clerk one day, rich the next—because he liked circuses and'was handy with a jack-knife That's the success story of Bil Brinley, who has, just made $75,000 by carving a tiny model circus from chunks of wood. Brinley, a young wood-carver from Meriden, is bringing - his entire miniature circus to Waterbury this week.-He whittled the 193 wild animals and scores 'of perform era as a hobby. But, now, his "little show' 1 has turned into o caveer, and has niade "Brinley' a star on coast-to-coast television programs. It's the largest scale model circus in the world "ever carved by one man, an exhibit which will open Tuesday in Waterbury and will continue through .Saturday. The public will be, admitted free to see the circus display, being staged inside the Howlantmughes store. Recently, Brinley had his model circus,on exhibition>at Saks Fifth Avenue.in, New York. This is the same tiny tent-show which was featured on Ed Sullivan's famous TV program—and Brinley was heard on nationwide radio shows when he tiadliis circus on display in Hollywood not long ago. How did a Connecticut man with a hobby suddenly earn a trip to Hollywood, and start toward fame and fortune? Part of the answer is the fact that when Bill Brinley decided to carve out a model circus he also decided to make it a really big one. Ke built 16 tents, whittled more than 10,000 tent poles and seats, kept working until his minia lure layout covered more than 400 square feet! TV Shows Offers to display his circus on leading TV shows poured in. Brin- Ifcy's income has jumped from $60 a week to $75,000 a year! After appearing- on Ed Sullivan's program, young Brinley was called to Chicago to star on the "Super Circus" show before another nationwide audience. Next, he was being interviewed on the air , by Jinx Falkenberg, Marjorie Mills and Walter O'Keefe in Hollywood. Soon, Brinley is due to appear with Faye Emerson on her television series. But it was William Bbyd—bet- ter known as "Hopalong Cassidy" who helped Brintey start on the road to a fortune. When "Hoppy" joined a real circus, Brinley raced from Connecticut to New York to carve a wooden model of the famous cowboy. Boyd became interested in Brinlcy's circus, and al- owed the littlehand-carved figure of himself to be placed at the head of the miniature circus parade. With a tiny "HoF'py" as star of Brinley's show, ma.ny cities began asking for .a chance to see the modeUTenaand, Bi-inley bought a new •triNjK; packed up 'the minia- ure -andyspo;? was. trouping the display; He 'has already staged the exhibition in Boston,' Philadelphia, Chicago, Salt/Lake- City" and in California. Now,:this week, Brinley ivlu "oe seen In. person—with his en- .ire circus—in Waterbury. "500,000 -Pieces v There are actually more than 300,000 litle pieces in.~Briniey's cir' cus—trapeze ladders, _clown costumes,- .banners for the side show. Thousands of tiny tent stakes— the size of toothpicks — must be pounded in by hand. More than 90 wooden performers, only four inches high, must be dressed in. their t'olorful clothes, each time the show is set up. In addition to tue Big Top, there are 15. other model tents. A menagerie, dressing tents, a canvas covered blacksmith shop. For the circus blacksmith to use, Brinley has even carved miniature forges and anvils. ; A pint-sized figure of. a'working man- is operated by motors and can be .seen pounding shoes ..on a circus- horse. The dining tent is complete with food— : dishes the size of dimes are placed on the miniature tables where the hand-carved performers eat. Brinley's whole circus folds up and fits into .48 red and yellow wagons. These wagons, about one foot high, are then rolled onto, a 21- car railroad train-. Even the train cars were 'whittled and made en- irely by hand. Detail Work The authentic detail work in Brinley's mode! circus has taken lim 25 years to complete. He began his -wood-carving hobby at the ige of nine, and ever :-since: Brinley las been expanding this, same circus exhibit. Since 'he- was x .nine Front Line Talk SEE THE NA^IQNfS N EWEST BEDDING AVOID MORNING BACKACHE due to sleeping on q too-soft mattress for the first time a Scientifically- >§ Designed Mattress for the POSTURE- FORMING YEARS MORNING BACKACHE OFTEN BE- CINS HERE! ...on a sagging mattress that lets your body sink into dangerous muscle strain! . Only matlr*»« especially dt> ' «ign.d to ««rv. Young Am.tkoni bMwnn 4 and 19 y*an of ag* . . . "Th« P»»tur*-Forming Y«or»'1 . C*nuln* inntrtpring •xchitiv* ' S*aly"0*.$MCoil"conim>ction! 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But, for 25 .years, the display remained rioth- mg but a hobby. Then, nine months ago, televisio producers heard about "this fanta. tic circus sitting in the cellar of man's house in Meriden, Oonnesct cut." Almost overnight; Brinle was able to quit his job as a-ship ping clerk in a trucking,.companj Instead, he suddenly became the P T. Barnum of the miniature, circu world—he became a full-time-show man. . , Everybody's talking about this Wonderful Hdbpy Combination Savings Savings Bank Life Insurance Just deposit as little as $1 weekly in our Savings-Insurance Club. Part pays for Savings Bank Life Insurance-IMMEDIATE protection. The rest builds up your SAVINGS/-steadily growing with each weekly deposit. AMD-you receive interest on your savings, plus insurance dividends - MORE sovings'for you! It's amazing how much life insurance and savings you con build'up through, this, simple plan. We have a plan especially suited to YOUR needs. Ask IK to show it to you. 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