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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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Russian Ice Show, Juggling on Ice, Trampoline and Web Act
Russian Ice Show, Juggling on Ice, Trampoline and Web Act
Features Russian Ice show, juggling on ice, trampoline act, web act.
Russian Swing, Lou Jacobs, Elvin Bale, Peggy Williams Spec
Russian Swing, Lou Jacobs, Elvin Bale, Peggy Williams Spec
Features Russian Swing Act, Lou Jacobs in motorized bath tub, Elvin Bale trapeze, Peggy Williams in spec, RBBB Red Unit.
Sarah Chapman, Elfi Althoff, Flying Gaonas
Sarah Chapman, Elfi Althoff, Flying Gaonas
Features aerial display, head balancing trapeze, Sarah Chapman balancing trapeze, Elfi Althoff tiger riding on the back of a horse, rollover tiger, Gaona trapeze act.
Saxton Riding Troupe
Saxton Riding Troupe
Features Saxton Riding Troupe. Perch act, elephant production number, teeterboard, RBBB Blue Unit.
Second Season, Winter Wonderland
Second Season, Winter Wonderland
Features Second Season for moving and rigging, First Season of Winter Wonderland, (1968). Bird act, parrots, poodle dog act, Hildaly, iron jaw aerial act, Gunther Gebel-Williams II Entrance.
Sells & Gray Lakefront Parade
Sells & Gray Lakefront Parade
Features Sells & Gray lakeefront parade grounds, putting parade together, wagon and animals on lot.
Sentry and Mindy
Sentry and Mindy
Features Sentry and Mindy, casting bar act, spec.
Sitz and Mendez High Wire Act Part II
Sitz and Mendez High Wire Act Part II
Features Part two of Sitz and Mendez High Wire Act. Happiness Is spec, RBBB Blue Unit.
Spec
Spec
Features spec.
Spec Charly Baumann
Spec Charly Baumann
Features spec, Charly Baumann. Reel is shot in new Madison Square Garden. Spec, Charly Baumann Tiger Act
Spec II, Gunther Gebel-Williams Tiger Act
Spec II, Gunther Gebel-Williams Tiger Act
Features spec II, Gunther Gebel-Williams Tiger Act
Spec III, Head Balancing Trapeze
Spec III, Head Balancing Trapeze
Features spec III, head balancing trapeze act., Reel is dark, underexposed.
Spec, Clowns, Jackie Althoff Bears
Spec, Clowns, Jackie Althoff Bears
Features spec, clowns, Jackie Althoff bears.
Spec, Production Number
Spec, Production Number
Features spec, production number.
Spec, RBBB Blue Unit, Monkey II, Harold
Spec, RBBB Blue Unit, Monkey II, Harold
Features Spec, RBBB Blue Unit, Monkey II, Harold.
Stevenson Riding Act
Stevenson Riding Act
Features Stevenson Riding Act. Elephant riding production number, Diana Stevenson juggling on horseback.
Stevenson Riding Act, Ruben-Saxons, RBBB Blue Unit III
Stevenson Riding Act, Ruben-Saxons, RBBB Blue Unit III
Features production numbers including the Stevenson Riding Act, elephants, flying act, Ruben-Saxons, Clown Car II, RBBB Blue Unit III.
Sue and Rudi Lenz, Picaso, and Mickey Antalik
Sue and Rudi Lenz, Picaso, and Mickey Antalik
Features the Sue and Rudi Lenz Animal Display, Chimpanzees, Mickey Antalik, Picaso juggler, RBBB Red Unit.
Sue and Rudi Lenz, Vicki Unus, La Toria, Tom Tans Rock Band
Sue and Rudi Lenz, Vicki Unus, La Toria, Tom Tans Rock Band
Features acts including Sue and Rudi Lenz, Vicki Unus, La Toria, and Tom Tans Rock Band, and opening entrance.
Sway Pole Act, Spec, Fathni Sway
Sway Pole Act, Spec, Fathni Sway
Features Fathni Sway, spec, sway pole act.

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