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1920's or 30's Circus Wagon with small city built inside,Blacksmith Shop,machine shop


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Old 04-14-2013, 11:04:07 PM
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I recently purchased this Circus Wagon built in the 1920's or 30's that has a small city built inside of it,there's several wooden buildings with wooden people and all kinds of motor's chains pulleys ect underneath that run's the people in the town,it was an attraction in the 40's and 50's and people would have to pay 5 cents or 10 cents to look at it,it has 500 electrical & Mechanical Robots on the side of it,maybe someone on here remembers seeing it here in Arkansas, a guy by the name of Capt Elton Denham built it,I dont believe its hardly been shown since the 50's,maybe someone on here can enlighten me more about this wagon,the wagon itself is in horrible shape,the city inside has glass doors around it,at one time it did have hard rubber tires under it but they were sold seperate at an auction,I loaded it on a 20 foot long and 8 foot wide trailer barely!I had to cut a couple inch's off the beams to get it to fit inside the rails on the trailer,There's even a drill press under it that runs something? also the machine shop inside of it has a line shaft that operates machines.I'm hoping I can find old photo's of it when it was just built! My only problem now is what to do with it now that its on my trailer.the wagon is in such poor shape that it would fall apart trying to remove it from the trailer.
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Looks like he was out of the biz or wanted to be by 1952 or so. Called his midget city. From what I see he was born in 1855 so he was one old dude in 1952!! He had tons of ads in 'billboard' which is a newspaper for entertainment people, first looking for a 'sober semi driver for midget city' then looking to sell it a couple years later, living in Marianna, AR at the time.


similar one in Memphis, TN:

http://www.memphisdowntowner.com/ClydeParke.html
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Thanks for the info,I didn't realize that Capt. Denham was that old or that many years young,I sure would have enjoyed talking to him and watching it run back in the day! Anyways the wagon is at my uncle's house and he's 90 years old now and figured the wagon itself was older than he was? So I'm not sure when he even started this little city maybe in the Teen's? I just had to post a few more picture's every time I look at I see something different,I haven't even opened it up yet to look at it and clean it out.
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