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Duke of Padukah Circus

Duke of Paducah Circus

In 1960 Bob Snowden opened the Duke of Paducah Circus. The show featured Grand Ole Opry country comedian Whitey Ford "the Duke of Paducah".

The show opened June 25 Poplar Bluff, MO. and closed Oct 8 Plant City, FL..

The circus traveled on 7 trucks, had a 70 foot round top with two 30 foot middles, carried three elephants and toured mostly southern states.The staff included;Bob Snowden owner / manager, Bill Garvey general agent, Roger Boyd Sr. sideshow manager, Dick Loter pit show manager and Capt. Matt Laurish elephants, Eddie Mellon boss canvasman.

Show performers were Rita Snowden singer, Johnny Jessick one finger stand / hand balancing, Matt Laurish elephants / pony drill, Mary Laurish dog act John Friday trapeze / comedy trampoline and Archie Silverlake clown.

Whitey Ford the Duke of Paducah
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Whitey Ford the "Duke of Paducah"
 
 

Circus Animal Trainer Matt Laurish
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Duke of Paducah Circus elephants
presented by Matt Laurish
 
Johhny Jessick one finger stand
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Johnny Jessick one finger stand
 
Duke of Paducah Whitey Ford
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Whitey Ford the "Duke of Paducah"
 
Matt Laurish Pony Drill
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Matt Laurish pony drill
 
Duke of Paducah Circus Sideshow
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Roger Boyd Sr. Roger Boyd Jr
and George Hershley
 
Roger Boyd Sr. at the Duke of Paducah Sideshow
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Duke of Paducah sideshow
 
Duke of Paducah Circus Circus
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Duke of Paducah Circus Poater
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Duke of Paducah Circus midqat 1960
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Duke of Paducah Circus midqat 1960
 
Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
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Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
 
Duke of Paducah Circus, sideshow truck 1960
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Duke of Paducah Circus, sideshow truck 1960
 
 
Joanne Day on the single trapeze. Duke of Paducah Circus 1960.
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Joanne Day on the single trapeze. Duke of Paducah Circus 1960.
 
Linda Loter, Joanne Day on the single trapeze. Duke of Paducah Circus 1960. 1960,
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Linda Loter, Joanne Day on the single trapeze.
Duke of Paducah Circus 1960. 1960,
 
Johnny Jessick,head balancing act, Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
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Johnny Jessick,head balancing act, Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
 
Clowns: Archie Silverlake, Dick Loter and Jerry.
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Clowns: Archie Silverlake, Dick Loter and Jerry.
 
Midway crowd, Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
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Midway crowd, Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
 
John Friday on the single trapeze. Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
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John Friday on the single trapeze. Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
 
 
Joanne Day on the swinging ladder, Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
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Joanne Day on the swinging ladder, Duke of Paducah Circus 1960
 
 
Duke of Paducah Circus midway 1960
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Duke of Paducah Circus midway 1960
 
Duke of Paducah Circus midway 1960
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Duke of Paducah Circus midway 1960
 
 
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