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It was about the trains used to carry the show from place to place and I remember across the top of the pages of the aticle it pictured the trains and what they carried. It also announced the development of the seat wagon where the seats folded out from the wagon that was used to carry props in. Over the years I have belonged to the Circus Model Builders and have tried to find this magazine. Any information will be appreciated. Bill Whiteman, Oregon, Gabi38@aol.com. Reply: December 15, 2004 - One place to check is the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, which is usually available in many libraries. Try checking entries under circus in the late 1940s. RBBB seat wagons date to about 1947 or so. There was also an article about the RBBB train in Popular Science or Mechanics. Included in it was an artist's sketch of the trains, if I remember correctly. Reply: 05-Jan-05 - That article was in the May 1952 Popular Mechanics and it was reprinted in black and white in the March-April Little Circus Wagon. I am looking at my copy of that issue. If you e-mail me your name and mailing address, I will make a copy of the article and send it to you. Reply: 06-Jan-05 - It was the March-April 1991 Little Circus Wagon that has the reprint of the Popular Mechanics article. Thank you, Carl Kruger, NY, firstname.lastname@example.org. Reply: 15 Aug 2008 - I know of a P H McGrath who was a trainmaster in the Robbins Bros Circus in 1938. I think he later joined Ringlings with his wife Mabel Mcgrath. He is my relative, my father's uncle. marian macgrath, email@example.com 348. Circus of the Sun, December 10, 2004 - I'm up in the wilds of northern Ontario, Canada, but spent three wonderful, and at times tense, periods in Papua New Guinea in the early nineties. While there, I saw on an ABC program a movie/documentary on what I have since presumed to be the precursor to Cirque du Soleil. I believe the documentary was about "The Circus of the Sun," a group of improvisational and multi-talented individuals who pretty much had to multi-task to put on a mobile circus that toured Australia. It is the name of the group, which I may be in memory error of, that obviously causes me to believe that they might have conceptually begun what now is a world famous french canadian circus. Reply: 03-Jan-05 - While the Circus of the Sun (nay Cirque du Soleil) as taken legendary proportions we must look back to a time were the main purpose of a group of street performers was to perpetuate their art. Baie St-Paul (Quebec) is a small village that accommodated an annual event that gathered street performers. The organization that brought this mini festival together was known as Le Club des Talons Hauts de la Baie St-Paul. In 1984, the Celebration of the Discovery of Canada by Jacques-Cartier made it possible for the government to finance a project that saw the birth of Cirque du Soleil. However, because this new group was less then a year old it did not qualify for a grant. Director Franco Dragone, a Belgian of Italian source, was familiar with the "new wave" theatrical-circus in Europe. Performers from Circus Roncalli also added prestige to a new circus who's talented performers were more of outer countries then that of Canada. 347. Captain Jack Armstrong, December 10, 2004 - I am a descendant of Willie Timmerman, known in the circus world as Captain Jack Armstrong. I would appreciate any information of this history you could forward me. Reply: 15-Jan-05 - Hello. I am a desendent of Isaac Timmerman, Mable(St.James). I am a desendent of Isaac Timmerman, Mable(St.James). William "Willie" as I always remember my mom calling him. I too am trying to find more information about his life (circus). Im about to call Betty myself. I have some info to go on, but more would be better. He was such a terrific person. Oh. ya. My grandmother was Lozetta Timmerman Harshman. firstname.lastname@example.org Reply: 08 September, 2006 - I am the grandson of William Timmerman whose show name was Captain Jack Armstrong. I remember him well as when I was young. He passed away in 1974, His wife my Grandma just passed away this summer she was 96 years old. All four of their kids that also performed with them in India are still alive and doing well, in fact my Dad Ralph still dose some of his cycle acts today at the young age of 70. 346. Nikolai Kobelkoff, December 04, 2004 - I am searching information about Nikolai Wassilievitch Kobelkoff (1851 Russia - 1933 Wien) and his sons. 346. Nikolai Kobelkoff, December 04, 2004 - I am searching information about Nikolai Wassilievitch Kobelkoff (1851 Russia - 1933 Wien) and his sons. This human trunk showed his skillfulness in his fairground stall and later added cinema to his exhibition ("American Show"). He worked a long time in France but visited a lot of country. I assume that some descendants live now in Wien and some of them work in the Prater. Reply: December 06, 2004 - I'm not sure what you mean by 'any' information being welcome as there is so much information widely found on 'the Human Trunk' also on the net. There is a Kobelkoff film, he's featured in plenty of books, the Stadtmuseum, etc. Reply: 15 March, 2005 - I am searching information about Nikolai Wassilievitch Kobelkoff painting. Do you have informations ? Thank you! email@example.com Reply: 02 April, 2006 - I found messages concerning Nicolai Kobelkoff. I belong to his familiy. Reply: 16 August, 2006 - Bonjour, j'ai lu votre annonce sur google, je suie collectionneur du cinema primitif, de 1850 e1915,et dans ma collection j'ai le film en 35mm de KOBELKOFF de 1902, helas je nai que le positif, le négatif je l'ai cédé il y as quelques temps,j'ai aussi 2 cartes postale ou il est représenté avec sa femme est 6 de ses enfants, le film set tres bien fait je le projecte avec un projecteur LUMIERE et le résultat est merveilleux. I'm trying to find info through local IA sources also. Thanks for any help you can provide. Reply: December 07, 2004 - "Four Mile Train Wreck. Through the kindness of Wm. Boggs in Altoona, IA, I have found details about the accident (from "One Hundred Years of Altoona History.") It was caused by the washout of a stone railroad bridge over a creek during a particularly rainy week. Correction. I now have reason to believe this was not a Barnum-owned train accident. They might have been putting up advertising for a tour that was planned for the CRI&P route in September. I'm sorry if I sent anyone on a wild-train chase. firstname.lastname@example.org. Reply: December 15, 2004 - Barnum "Advertising Coach": Anyone interested in seeing the railroad car that Barnum designed for his advance advertising crew - the car that was destroyed in the 1877 train wreck - it is shown on a web site maintained by the University of Texas. Reply: December 15, 2004 - Barnum "Advertising Coach": Anyone interested in seeing the railroad car that Barnum designed for his advance advertising crew - the car that was destroyed in the 1877 train wreck - it is shown on a web site maintained by the University of Texas. It is part of a study of Barnum the promoter and includes lgood graphics and information about his use of circus posters. www.ciadvertising.org - Enter BARNUM in the search-aid box Look through the resulting 4 answers and click on the link labeled "doing3" (I tried constructing a URL that would take you directly to the page, but it was too long to work. Reply: 21 March, 2005 - Dear Linda, A few weeks ago I just posted a question regarding this very accident. About 15 years ago my wife and I discovered the remains of a billboard pasted up by this traveling crew of 1877. I'm including a scan of this page plus a painted image of the car which my students and I reproduced on our train station. As an added bonus I'm also sending you an image of some of the poster it self. [Webmaster note: attachments cannot be included on this discussion board] I'm looking forward to a reply. Rumour has it that he was eaten by a lion!! Any info would be most welcome. Thanks Jane Woodcock, Randjwivenhoe@aol.com. Respond to this message Reply: December 04, 2004 - If someone died in Paris in 1869 living near the Champs d'Elysees the ch