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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 materials include photographs and posters related to the acts.

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.

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.

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 Halifax, Cape Breton, and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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.

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 inlcuding 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

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.

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

Exhibitions

This file contains programs from the special attractions at the Canadian National Exhibition; the Nova Scotia Exhibitions, and the Maritime Winter Fair Prize List.

Film/Video

This sub series consists of 6 film reels, 5 VHS tapes, and 1 article regarding sheep. The motion picture material show exhibitions, documentaries, course material, and tours, between 1970-1996.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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), various carnival supplies (baseballs, dolls, et cetera), and toys.

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 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.

Media

This series contains, photographs, film reels, video tapes, film reels, cassette tapes, paintings, and other miscellaneous textual records regarding sheep between 1940-2002. This series is dividing into 3 sub-series, Photographs, Film/Video, and Sound Recordings.

Notes of 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.

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