Sunday, July 3, 2022

CIRCUS TIME: K-Line by Lionel 6-22411 Tableau Wagon Set #2

This, I think, is my favorite K-Line wagon set in that they had placed images (partial) of the American and British flags behind the scroll work, thus giving the wagons more pizzazz in keeping with the bright, gaudy, marvelous decorating scheme of days gone by. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

ASC in a Diamond (Japan) Tin-Litho 1963 Ford Galaxy Highway Patrol Car No. 8511

I can potentially do a circus post several times a day, every day, for the next few months but that can get monotonous so every so often we just gonna hafta break up the routine! :-) 

Here is an awesome tin-litho battery operated Highway Patrol car from the Japanese firm of ASC (in a diamond) from the 1963-'64 era. I bought this years ago because it reminded of one I had as a kid - only the light dome on my old car was more rounded, like a bubble gum machine. This car uses two 'D' cell batteries, runs forward, the dome light works, and it has one heckuva cool siren!! It measures  9 3/4" (24.76cm) L x 4" (10.16cm) W x 2 5/8" (6.66cm) H (to top of roof). I did a Y'allTube video of this not long ago and will post here as well. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

Friday, July 1, 2022

CIRCUS TIME: Baraboo, Wisconsin 1991: Barnum & Bailey Orchestmelochor Wagon


Post card from my collection

Below is a continuation of the thread which my post of the Orchestmelochor Wagon started, and is a good indication of a reference I had made in a previous post about how wagons were repainted or sometimes re-built. In this case the wagon was re-purposed and re-built as far back as 1894!  

Pj Holmes

Circus Wagon fan-atics fb Group expert

  "To go along with Dale Williams comments regarding the Orchestmelochor wagon, here is a Wallace G. Levison photo of the rear of the wagon going down Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn NY during the Barnum and Bailey stand of April 27th to May 2nd 1891. Wagon was built in 1879 and was rebuilt in the winter of 1894 to a regular tab wagon. Barnum had passed in 1890 and it was Bailey's show in 1891."

CIRCUS TIME: K-Line by Lionel 6-22346 Tableau Wagons (2): 'Lion & Gladiator' Tableau Wagon (White/Silver) and 'The Crusader' Tableau Wagon (Green/Gold)

 Here we see an offering by K-Line by Lionel from 2008. In the '90s when I was buying my first circus stuff from K-Line, they were still a separate company. Then some nastiness occurred, they were sued by Lionel, and Lionel won and took over all the tooling and rights to the name. By 2008, as you can see by the packaging, they were now "K-Line by Lionel". While Lionel continued to make some of the circus toys, they never matched the outcome of the original K-Line offerings. However, this carded set is nice in that the wagons were built-up and ready to play with. Enjoy! Opa Fritz