grandfather started the show in 1902, his name was Joe
J. Teska. He was a chief engineer on a locomotive on
the railroad, after working all day he would come home
and work on the show.
show my grandfather made he located it on a lot he
rented close to his home.
such a good attendance more folks came then lived in
Winona. So he thought he would take the show on the
road. So he sent it out with one of his friends and he
never did find out what happened to that show.
working on his second show then he and my grandmother
took it out. As I remember it took him twelve or
fifteen years to complete the second show. Back in the
day they took the show out on two trucks, they would
back the trucks up to one another leaving 20 feet of
space in between the trucks where they would set the
show up running a canvas top between the two trucks to
provide the show with cover.
just the beginning of the Wonderful history of Joe J.
Teska and his family. We plan to present here in
photographs and words the history of the show as it
developed over many years from the Mechanical Show
which was started by Joe Sr. then operated by his two
sons. We will be exploring other shows that his
grandson and his wife had on the road. We have
hundreds of images to share. I would like to thank Joe
Teska Jr. for sharing the history of this remarkable
family and John Strong III for taking his time to scan
and share the images with us so we can share them with
you on Sideshow World. We have much more to come!
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