A Pictorial History of the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus
by Bob Goldsack
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ISBN Number: 1-880545-10-1
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Midway Publications

Although the show discarded its railroad equipment almost fifty years ago, the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus still remains a nostalgic attraction dating back to the time when circus day represented something special to 'hometown America'.

Throughout the many changes and problems, the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus continued to represent the golden age of the big 'Three Ring Circus'.

Its gaily decorated trucks have a resemblance to the old mid-sized railroad circuses while inside the big top the performance contained all the ingredients associated with the great American circuses - wild animals, horses, animal acts of all sorts, acrobats, trapeze, tightrope walkers of various styles, clowns, human cannonballs and, of course, the elephants.

This book covers the fabulous career of the world famous Clyde Beatty and the various circuses he owned, plus those that used his name during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

This is followed by in-depth coverage of various owners, tours, equipment, performers, executives, animals, mishaps and other interesting information, starting in 1956 when the show was converted from railroad to truck transportation. Two years later Cole Bros was added to the Clyde Beatty Circus title. The show used the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus title until 2004 when the Clyde Beatty portion was eliminated and elephants were dropped from the performance, signalling the end of an era.

Author Bob Goldsack, is considered one of the most prolific writers presently recording the history of outdoor entertainment in the United States.

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