ORIGINAL hand-painted prop
suitcase once belonged to famous West Coast-based SWORD
FIRE EATER, CAPTAIN
DON LESLIE. Leslie trouped
with countless circuses, such as CRISTIANI BROS, in the late
1950’s, numerous carnivals, and was also a featured boardwalk
CA in the 1970’s.
He performed a one-man show
in which he presented sword swallowing, fire eating,
human-blockhead, etc., as well as sang and played the guitar.
On top of all of this, LESLIE was heavily tattooed, rounding out
his “one-stop” sideshow attraction status ten-fold! THIS CASE
is the very same in which he toted his smaller props around:
torches, hammer, ten-penny nails, etc.
It was last used when
LESLIE appeared on a circus sideshow performing in
Hawaii, maybe as recent as
only a decade ago.
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