Ringling Bros. on lot Little Rock AK
Take a look at your carnival
history. Some years ago big
midways had 25 or 30 shows.
Compared to the value of a dollar
today it was a more viable business.
More shows drew more people and more
shows made better showmen as to what
they presented the public.
We will never see midways like that
again but I wish we would.
Case in point: I think the year was
1958 (not sure of the yearwithout
looking it up) The revue show on
Royal American Shows at the MN State
Fair amounted to 52% of the midway
The feature of that show was Sally
Rand whose salary was $5000.00 per
week. That would be the equivalent
of $80000.00 per week today It is
impossible to imagine any performer
being paid that kind of money today
in a midway show. How about Lorow
Bros. ten in one
grossed $52000.00 at a nine day fair
in 1946 at admission of 25 and 50
Oh yes those were the good old days.
In the 1970s I got a new Lincoln
that year and Chris had a new
Cadillac. I wish I had saved instead
of investing in Broadway type shows.
You all go out there this year and
remember the magic words:
hope we all do.