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Got Home today from being in Wisconsin...and saw this in the Dec. 25th Edition of The St. Petersburg Times...

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/gi....../1207646
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Thanks, Jim. A real nice story about a real nice guy. I enjoy talking to Ward whenever we bump into each other. He is truly a real old school showman and is always nice to the young guys like me.
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On 2012-01-04 16:18, Jim Hand wrote:
Thanks, Jim. A real nice story about a real nice guy. I enjoy talking to Ward whenever we bump into each other. He is truly a real old school showman and is always nice to the young guys like me.


He is also very cordial to the Punks like me...
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One of the reasons I took the gig with Circus Sarasota was to see Ward Hall.
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I wish the media would do more stories like this. Love the pic with the banners. Jim, did you paint those banners?

Glenn
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No, they are not mine. They look like they might be Johnny Meah's work. At least the pictorials. Someone else might have done the lettering...Nice work whoever did it...

In the past I've done a lot of work for Ward and Chris . In recent years I've had to cut back on my workload..I probably turn down enough work to keep someone busy full time
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Yes, those "banners" are Meah's. It looks like the panels he did on the trucks from old World of Wonder set up. It was the first of Ward's farewell tours. For a few seasons they had the banner line painted on the trucks and parked them end to end to create the show front. It was somewhat like what Ringling used when they were under canvas and carried a sideshow.
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Great article! And, a wake-up call to society (talking about side-show fat men):

"I wouldn't give you 50 cents a week for a fat man today because you can go to any buffet restaurant and in two hours see more fat people who would have qualified to appear at a sideshow than you actually would see at a real sideshow." Ain't it the truth!

Jim
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Indeed they are on one of the PuP trailers...Ward said he would never frame a Solid front Sideshow again as They confused folks w/ a Funhouse or Dark Ride...I have been studying RBBB's old wagon front for years...and if the Economy ever turns around I would like to build 2 of them on a slightly smaller scale (12' long to fold out to 30' each)w/ the CBCB pronounced shadow box effect.. and to be able to haul them on 1 trailer w/ other stuff...I believe the RBBB style would not be as confusing...Either way the Economic forcast keeps it a pipe dream...
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Hoxie parked two trailers along one side of the midway. The banners were hung on the trailers. The bally stage and ticket boxes were between the trailers, in the front door. The years I was there, Mongo the gorilla was the main feature. His trailer was parked inside the tent, easily pointed to, from the bally.
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All 3 of the ACME Circus Corp. (CBCB, King, Sells & Gray) Shows parked 2 trailers w/ the Banners painted on them, I also liked that they set up a Marquee and strung a net banner between the trailers..The time I was on Hoxie one of the trailers hauled the Bulls w/a bunkhouse for the Bullmen on the 5th wheel...and other trailer was for the Hoof stock as well as the S.S. equipment..
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Jim Z, can you post a picture of the wagons you like?
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You come to a point in your life when you really don't care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself.
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When I started out in circus, the accomodation for

single guys was in the showfront wagons similar

to those in Jims photo, which was great until a

a windy night when all of the fold out panel support

arms would rattle all night ensuring nobody got any

sleep for all the wrong reasons!!

Was probably the only downside of 2 day stands as on

the one nighters the panels were always dropped once

the show got underway.
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Hey Jay, You were lucky .I stayed in a sleeper (accomodations is way to nice a word ) in the front of a generator semi for several weeks...
While the noise was beyond bad , it wasn't the worst part. Anyone who has been in, or even touched ,a generator while it's
running will tell you how much they vibrate.
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Jim Hand,
I love your lettering as I think you are the best at it! I unfortunetly havent had that chance to see many of your banner work. How can I see some of the banners you did for Ward and Chris, would love to see any banners you have done on canvas!!!
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I have only done one banner for Ward and Christ and it was on canvas.... It was the doorway banner for the sideshow they had on TOBY TYLER CIRCUS ( Dick Garden ,owner). There is a very nice picture of Ward and Petey doing a bally infront of it in the TTC program,if you can find one. Afriend found one at the Circus World gift shop last year.It'a double page spread in the centerfold. I also did all the lettering on Toby Tyler .

I have done tons of work for Ward but mostly interior signs ,ticket boxes, etc. Bill Browning and Johnny Meah have done most of his banners,almost ALWAYS on canvas. I did the CIRCUS USA for Ward when he and Christ managed it for Allen C.Hill.

I was always so busy lettering ,sometimes into late night to get a job done so it could leave that I didn't take a lot of pictures. I was sometimes "booked" 6-8 weeks with paint work. I was always glad when it was time to take the circus out. I could relax a bit. I painted the ENTIRE Great American Circus in 72 hrs. ( night and day, non-stop ) one year.We had a lot rain that year and I got so far behind I was telling people to try and find someone else if they could but Allen wanted me to do it. I used to do a lot of over-nighters on the boardwalk.
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The Banner Jim Hand painted on Canvas for Ward & C.M. for Toby Tyler Circus... ((1985 ish)

http://api.ning.com/files/5tVFwF-nJqvfkD......Hand.jpg

The one he painted for the BCS on heavy vynl...(2008)

http://api.ning.com/files/9Ahi5f91yJeXv0......9375.jpg
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You could ask for better, but why? Jim...superb!
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