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The Bill Lynch Shows fonds
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Rides

Series contains materials documenting the rides used by the Bill Lynch Shows and related materials. Written material includes expenses, maintenance issues, and assembly instructions. Related materials include blueprints for the rides.

Photographs

Series contains photographs from the Bill Lynch Shows, including of acts, rides, patrons, and staff. They are in the form of black and white photographs, a metal plate, and cardboard imprints.

Financial records

Series contains documents related to the Bill Lynch Shows’ finances and the monetary purchases. Materials include daily reports from shows, daily cash statement forms (blank), invoices, receipts and receipt books, and cash books.

Correspondence

Series contains correspondence in the form of both business letters and personal letters, as well as notes from conversations had regarding the Show by donor Barry Edwards after Bill Lynch’s death.

Administration

Series contains various administrative documents used to run the Bill Lynch Shows. Materials include letterhead, Greater Exposition Shows contract forms (blank), railway passes, commercial scripts, blueprints, and photographs.

Acts

Series contains materials documenting the acts, predominantly high wire performers, hired by the Bill Lynch Shows and related materials. Written material includes lists of possible performers and their salaries from the Al Martin Agency. Related m...

The Bill Lynch Shows fonds

  • MS-4-218
  • Fonds
  • [after 1924], 1941-1985

Fonds contains the business papers, photographs, and carnival documents from the Bill Lynch Shows. The business papers consist of financial records, including daily reports, receipts, and invoices, correspondence both personal and professional, ca...

Photographs from a scrapbook and other materials

File contains the content of a scrapbook, including twenty-five photographs of the Bill Lynch Shows, two complimentary tickets for the Bill Lynch Shows, and one piece of an envelope addressed to Mr William P. Lynch at the Royal York Hotel, Ontario.

Letter from Ethel to Bill Lynch and other material

File contains an envelope address to the Bill Lynch Shows from Ethel (no last name specified) dated in Amherst November 18, 1942, and Halifax November 20-30, a blank labor service card with notes on the back, a card requesting name and address on ...

Johnny Brown catalogue

File contains an envelope from Johnny Brown Dance Shoes and Supplies to the Lynch Shows, a list of practice records for tap dancing, a measurement chart for show clothing, and a catalogue for carnival or show materials to be purchased. Examples in...

Business correspondence

File contains four business letters written to and from the Bill Lynch Shows from August 19, 1942 to July 16, 1947. The first is from the Bill Lynch Shows regarding a wallet lost on August 18, 1942 by Elmer Rogers and subsequently found, and is da...

Daily reports from shows and rides

File contains daily reports from the Bill Lynch Shows shows and rides from June to August 1949. The reports are from Halifax and New Glasgow. Areas that are filled out include name of attraction, starting number, finish number, tickets, price, gro...

High wire acts

File contains one folder from the Al Martin Agency, five photographs of high wire acts including the Saxons and Frank Cook, and seventeen pages of textual documents. These include letters from the Al Martin Agency with acts and prices dated in May...

Lynch Greater Exposition Shows contract forms

File contains five copies of Lynch Greater Exposition Shows contract forms. The stipulations include supplying a show suitable for ladies and children, the right to cancel the contract in the occurrence of unforeseen circumstances such as cyclones...

Little Dipper blueprints

File contains five blueprints for the assembly of the Little Dipper, a ride held by the Bill Lynch Shows. Assembly includes: brake and loading platform, track, drive, drive and pullup chain, and space arrangement.

Sky Fighter blueprint

File contains one blueprint for the structural failure fix of the Sky Fighter, a ride held by the Bill Lynch Shows. It depicts the installation of the reinforcing tee.

Whip blueprint

File contains one blueprint for the assembly of the deck plates for the Whip, a ride held by the Bill Lynch Shows. The blueprint is from Maritime Steel and Foundries Limited, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Flyoplane blueprints

File contains five blueprints for the assembly of the Flyoplane, a ride held by the Bill Lynch Shows. Assembly includes: edgemont clutch and countershaft, car and lighting, gear drive, sweep, and center section and cage. All include parts lists.

Instructions for use and set up of the Little Dipper

File contains four pages of instructions for use and setting up of the Little Dipper, a ride held by the Bill Lynch Shows, as well as three letter-sized blueprints. The blueprints are for the decorative lighting, sign direction, and station canopy.

Photograph of The Three Maldos

File contains one photograph of The Three Maldos, an act with the Bill Lynch Shows, and a corresponding cardboard photographic imprint. The photograph depicts three women in matching costumes posing together.

Photographs from a scrapbook and other materials

File contains the content of a scrapbook, including fifteen photographs of the Bill Lynch Shows, and four pieces of envelope: one addressed to Mr W. P. Lynch from George A. Hamid, Inc., and one from the Al Martin Agency on July 30, 1947.

Receipt book for travel and communications

File contains a receipt book for travel and communications expenses from May to September. Locations include Kentville, Halifax, Bathurst, New Glasgow, Sydney, Charlottetown, Moncton, and Woodstock. Financial charges include trains, cars, buses, w...

Receipt book for country store

File contains a receipt book for the country store from June to September, 1951. Locations include Lawrencetown, Windsor, Grand Falls, and Corner Brook.

Receipt book for Cook House

File contains a receipt book for the Cook House from June to September. Locations include Windsor, Gander, Corner Brook, and Grand Falls.

Receipts from Cook House

File contains receipts from the Bill Lynch Show for the Cook House for July - September, 1951. Locations include Digby, Nova Scotia, and Carboneau, Placentia, Gander, and Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Receipts

File contains 28 receipts and one envelope for the Bill Lynch Shows from June - August, 1951. Some of the receipts are for services including "grind shows", "girl shows", and "esquire." The locations include Moncton, ...

Invoices

File contains invoices from the Bill Lynch Show, including for an iron roof, a wrench set, bolts, hinges and screws, mirrors, gears and engines for rides, music rolls for a Caliola organ, performers from the Al Martin Agency, a car (1951 Pontiac),...

Daily reports from shows and rides

File contains daily reports from the Bill Lynch Shows shows and rides from June to September 1951. The reports are from Halifax, Saint John, Amherst, Chatham, New Glasgow, Saint Stephen, Woodstock, Campbellton, Fredericton, Bridgewater, Charlottet...

Daily cash statement forms

File contains daily cash statement forms for the Bill Lynch Shows. The areas to fill out include a statement of cash on hand per last report, a list of possible cash additions including shows, rides, and concessions, a list of possible payments in...

Railway passes

  • MS-4-218, Box 1, Folder 6
  • File
  • September 28, 1942 - September 17, 1951, predominant July 25, 1943 - October 4, 1943
  • Part of The Bill Lynch Shows fonds

File contains twenty-six railway passes from 1942 and 1943 documenting travel for members of the Bill Lynch Shows. Destinations and departure points include Halifax, Saint John, Toronto, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Lawrencetown, Newcastle, Moncton, New...

Commercial scripts

File contains thirty-six unique commercial scripts for the Bill Lynch Shows, as well as one longer press release. All of the scripts are for CHSJ Radio, and advertise for shows in Fredericton, Saint John, and Yarmouth. The press release addresses ...

The Bill Lynch Shows letterhead

File contains five copies of letterhead from the Bill Lynch Shows. The letterhead lists William P. Lynch as the President and Manager, along with his photo, and Halifax as their permanent address. Script at the bottom reads "One train load of...