This has got to be the most incredible chow collectibles of all time. When I spotted this circus act poster at auction I couldn’t help myself. …what a find and what a visual thinking of all those chows on high wires and ladders!!!
OK……..Multiple chows doing ANYTHING more than once because you ask them to???? I THINK NOT!!! I had such a laugh at the text on the poster ONE DAY ONLY and only 2 shows . My first thoughts….did the chows actually put out for that 8:00 PM performance.???
Well keep reading…..I have a feeling they may have played the “chow card” and maybe now
is thinking twice about his “trained chow act” ??
I had been actively searching for a full month looking for ANY information regarding this chow act…….even contacting the circus historical society for clues.. Finally with a stroke of luck and the perfect Google search in Billboard magazine , I struck a gold mine tonight!!
With magnifier in hand and eyes running from serious eyestrain, I managed to make out the text.
I FOUND MY MISSING LINK!!!!
SOURCE: Billboard Magazine October 11 1947
Then as luck would have it , I found a second Billboard Magazine article from April 6, 1946 to back up the first article. I’m sooooo thrilled!!!!!
Above is a typical circus dog trailer of the day…note the boxers in the rear doors
BELOW IS A NEW FIND ADDED TO THE ARCHIVE DECEMBER 2016
Jan Lockhart says
When I got my first Chow Chow, Ichi, I had to learn about the breed; and so I bought a book. I don’t know where the book is, the title, or the author; but I was amazed when I read about a Chow act in a circus. The book reported that the trainer said that when the Chows would work, they were astounding, but he never knew what they were going to do–some days they just walked out of the ring. That sounds like about every Chow Chow I have ever had!
I sure wish you knew the book you read Jan. I would love to see what that person wrote. That is something all of us chow people are scratching our heads at…..circus chows??? ROTFL