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The Bill Lynch Shows fonds
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Correspondence, photographs, price listings and posters for high wire acts commissioned by the Bill Lynch Show

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 1948, and posters for various high wire acts: Lewis and the Oliver Sisters, the Kayos, Emil Winter, the Great Telesco, the Aerial Starlites (previously Madcaps), the Xcellos, Penny Millette, the Cycling Kirks, the Lang Troupe, Ada and Her Pals, Lalage, Mack and Mitzie, and Potas and Folsom. File also includes one photograph of Lenderman's Dogs & Pony show, depicting eighteen dogs sitting in a circle on upturned buckets or stools with an unidentified man on either side.

Daily cash statement forms for The Bill Lynch Shows

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 including wages, advertising, telephones, and traveling expenses, and the statement of cash on hand at the end of the business day. There are four white copies and three yellow copies.

Daily reports from shows and rides at The Bill Lynch Shows

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, Charlottetown, Lunenberg, and Sydney. Areas that are filled out include name of attraction, starting number, finish number, tickets, price, gross, and total.

Daily reports from shows and rides at The Bill Lynch Shows

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, gross, and total. There is one blank form.

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 installation of structural fix for the Sky Fighter

File contains materials relating to the Sky Fighter, a ride held by the Bill Lynch Shows. The materials include one document describing a structural failure and fix, one photograph of the installation of the structural failure fix, and one small piece of paper with the manufacturer's information it (Allan Herschell Co., Inc.).

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.

Invoices for The Bill Lynch Shows

File contains invoices from The Bill Lynch Shows, 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), various carnival supplies (baseballs, dolls, et cetera), and toys.

Johnny Brown Dance Shoes and Supplies 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 include dance belts, tap shoes, finger cymbals, theatrical makeup, and costume materials.

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 the front of letters and parcels, a letter from Ethel to Bill Lynch dated July 25, 1942 from Amherst, and six photographs of: an unidentified woman in Sydney on July 16 1942, an unidentified woman at Murcer [sic] Lake in Sydney on July 13, 1942, an unidentified man in a parked car, a dog, two unidentified men on a ship plank over the war, three unidentified men in uniform and a dog by a Christmas tree, and three unidentified men, two in uniform and one in a suit, outside. Ethel's letter states she would try to enclose photographs of herself, so she may be the unidentified woman in the photos.

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.

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 or war, and a space to set out the required number of performances per week. It specifies that the contract is for Canada only, but that the salary will be paid half in American and half in Canadian dollars.

Notes about a conversation with Ronald Power regarding The Bill Lynch Shows

File contains notes taken by Barry Edwards of a conversation with Ronald Power, member of the Army, regarding the Bill Lynch Shows. The notes list some of the rides the Lynch Shows had, and often refer to "The Bill Lynch Farm" (described as being in the early 1950s on the corner Robie and Cunard Street, Halifax). The notes are from March 26, 1985, and are 40 pages long.

Railway passes documenting travel for members of The Bill Lynch Shows

  • 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 Glasgow, and Sydney. All the tickets are first class, except for the three in 1951, which are coach. There are three tickets each for: July 25, 1943, September 4, 1943, September 25, 1943, October 4, 1943, and September 17, 1951. There are two tickets for August 12, 1943. There is one ticket each for September 8, 1942, and September 16, 1943.

Receipts for The Bill Lynch Shows

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, Campbellton, Charlottetown, Lunenberg, New Glasgow, Fredericton, Amherst, Woodstock, Halifax, Saint Stephen, and Saint John.

Scrapbook of photographs from The Bill Lynch Shows

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

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.

The Bill Lynch Shops carnival ride records

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.

The Bill Lynch Shows administrative records

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.

The Bill Lynch Shows 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 dated August 19, 1942. The second is from the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company regarding reconditioning a Caliola organ, and is dated October 6, 1942. The third is from the Annapolis County Exhibition Committee signed by Donald White regarding the Bill Lynch Shows returning from September 14-17, 1943, and is dated June 11, 1943. The fourth is from Teasdale and Foot, Limited and signed by Eric Teasdale regarding purchasing a car and multiple trucks for the Bill Lynch Shows, dated July 16, 1947.

The Bill Lynch Shows 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.

The Bill Lynch Shows 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.

The Bill Lynch Shows fonds

  • MS-4-218
  • Fonds
  • [after 1924], 1941 - 1985
Fonds contains 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, catalogues, ephemera and commercial scripts. Photographs include prints, cardboard imprints and a metal plate. The carnival documents include complimentary show passes, act and ride information, and blueprints of carnival rides.

Lynch, William (Bill)

The Bill Lynch Shows letterhead

File contains five copies of letterhead from The Bill Lynch Shows listing William P. Lynch as President and Manager, Halifax as his permanent address, his photograph, and, at the bottom of the page: "One train load of clean outdoor amusement."

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.