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Buster Bailey Film Collection

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Buster Bailey was a circus fan, amateur cinematographer and much more. Bailey was a familiar face on the circus lot and was given full access to a variety of circuses, including Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, AL G. Barnes Circus, Clyde Beatty Circus, Amsterdam Circus, Moscow Circus, Russian Ice Show and Circus Benneweis. These circuses are captured in this film collection.

There is footage of circus life in towns across America, including scenes of winter quarters, trains loading and unloading, the back yard, animal acts, spec productions, tumbling acts, clown gags, trapeze and web numbers, and much more. Bailey’s tours of European circus parks, the circus parades in Baraboo, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois, and the Circus hall of Fame in Sarasota, Florida, are also captured in this collection.

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Chinese Ribbon Dancers
Chinese Ribbon Dancers
Features Chinese Ribbon Dancers.
Churches and Parks, Berlin, Rudy Bros., M. Church, Copenhagen I
Churches and Parks, Berlin, Rudy Bros., M. Church, Copenhagen I
Features no acts. Includes footage of churches and parks, Berlin, Rudy Bros., M. Church and Copenhagen I.
Circus Acts from 1984 Red Unit
Circus Acts from 1984 Red Unit
Features circus acts from 1984 Red Unit.
Circus Benneweis, Copenhagen, Animal Acts, Clowns
Circus Benneweis, Copenhagen, Animal Acts, Clowns
Features Circus Benneweis located in Copenhagen. Acts include clowns and animals acts with horses, seals, elephants.
Circus Hall of Fame
Circus Hall of Fame
Features circus hall of fame, RBBB, museums grounds, Merle Evans getting off airplane with wife Nina, circus wagons, opening.
Circus Hall of Fame Outside Arena
Circus Hall of Fame Outside Arena
Features Circus Hall of Fame outside arena, Rex Williams working camels, Clyde Bros. circus animals, lion act.
Circus Production Number
Circus Production Number
Features circus production number, teeterboard act, elephants.
Circus Ticket Wagon Denmark
Circus Ticket Wagon Denmark
Features Circus Ticket Wagon, big top, dog act, head balancing act, in Denmark, Copenhagen.
Circus Wagons and European Travel
Circus Wagons and European Travel
Features circus wagons, set-up, and travel in Eupore, Berlin, Germany.
Circus in the Netherlands, Amsterdam
Circus in the Netherlands, Amsterdam
Features show setup on lot in Netherlands, Amsterdam.
Clown Car, Jackie Althoff Bears, Chimpanzee Act, Dog Bites Clown
Clown Car, Jackie Althoff Bears, Chimpanzee Act, Dog Bites Clown
Features clown car, Jackie Althoff bears, chimpanzee act, dog bites clown.
Clown Gag Lou Jacobs
Clown Gag Lou Jacobs
Features Clown Gag, spec, Lou Jacobs
Clown Paint Gag, Liberty Horses, RBBB Red Unit II
Clown Paint Gag, Liberty Horses, RBBB Red Unit II
Features clown-paint gag, Liberty Horses, Tiger Act II, perch act, elephants, RBBB Unit II
Clown Sketch II, Jackie Althoff Bear Act
Clown Sketch II, Jackie Althoff Bear Act
Features Clown Sketch II. Perch act, Jackie Althoff Bear Act, opening of spec.
Clown Walk-Around, Spec, RBBB Blue Unit
Clown Walk-Around, Spec, RBBB Blue Unit
Features a clown walk-around, spec, teeterboard act, RBBB Blue Unit.
Clowns Tumbling Down Front Track
Clowns Tumbling Down Front Track
Features Clowns Tumbling Down Front Track, RBBB Blue Unit.
Danny and Sarah Chapman Aerial Trapeze
Danny and Sarah Chapman Aerial Trapeze
Features Danny and Sarah Chapman Aerial Trapeze, Vicky Unus with Elvin Bale, aerial motorcycle.
Duplicate Winter Quarters, Hartford, Connecticut Grounds After Fire, Ed Vesteed, Rubber Bowl in Ohio
Duplicate Winter Quarters, Hartford, Connecticut Grounds After Fire, Ed Vesteed, Rubber Bowl in Ohio
Features Duplicate footage of Ringling 216. Features Gunther Gebel-Williams, Sarah Chapman, balancing trapeze, Liberty Horse Display, dog act, unsupported ladder act, clowns, Sue and Rudi Lenz chimpanzees, teeterboard, Russian Swing, juggling, Pino Nocks working high wire, elephant production number, teeterboard to elephant, flying act, Nocks Single Trapeze.
Elephant Display
Elephant Display
Features elephant display, dog act display, llamas display, Stevensons, web production number.
Elephant Fantango, Otto Griebling, Ray Cutter
Elephant Fantango, Otto Griebling, Ray Cutter
Features production numbers including Ray Cutter's Little Car, elephant production number, Otto Griebling trying to deliver package in seats, Ray Cutter's Little Car, RBBB Blue Unit III.

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