In I946 I worked
in a store show (museum) for Ray Marsh Brydon in San
Antonio. The building was on the main st right across the
street from Woolworth dime store. The old
museum operators all agreed that the closer you got to
Woolworths the better the location.
Ray had a big
show, about twenty acts each on a separate stage, with a
sideshow banner as a backdrop. Two blowoffs. In the back on
ground floor was Dolly Reagen Ossified girl, and on the
mezzanine was the "NUDE RANCH" which was slide photos of
nude girls, each posed behind a bush, a fence, or peeking
around a statue. The amount of exposed flesh exposed was
about as much as you would see of a lady bundled up for the
cold wind on a frigid winter day walking down the street.
Two big show
windows facing the street. One with "Waxo the mechanical
man" and the other with a drag queen with a snake.
The space between the windows was big double doors. The
ticket box stood between the windows in front of the door.
ten cents, a dime.
We started each
day at 10am till 11pm weekdays and Sunday. Friday till
Midnight and Sat till I am. Everyone got paid the same,
$5.00 a day, paid in nickels and dimes. This was a good
living in those days. Most stayed in a small hotel
around the corner, where rooms were a dollar a day double,
bathroom down the hall. A good breakfast was anywhere from
I5 to 30 cents at any good downtown restaurant, a good
dinner for fifty cents. To have a dress shirt laundered was
The show opened
there thanksgiving week and ran through the middle of Jan.
The show was so strong many folks came back again and again.
The show moved from San Antonio to Birmingham Ala., where
the location was not good nor was the business. When the
show closed Ray wanted my partner Harry Leonard and I to go
in his show at Riverview Park in Chicago, where he had a
sideshow for many years, and he also had a very beautiful
sideshow for fairs. However, we went back to Dailey Bros
Circus, a gigantic railroad show out of Gonzales, TX. where
we worked through the season of I949.
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