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Open house 2005

This file contains two copies of "NSAC Open House 2005". These are hand out sheets of activities, exhibits and demonstrations at the open house in 2005.

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.

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.

Sheep fairs

This sub-series contains textual records, which includes correspondences, brochures, flyers, sales records, and programs, relating to sheep fairs of the Sheep Producers' Association of Nova Scotia. These were published between 1973-1983.

Realia

This series contains 25 artifacts relating to sheep and wool, made between 1926-1998. These include which exhibition trophies, wool samples, ranch maps, tools and machine for wool gathering, equipment used for sheep care, etc.

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.

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 materials include photographs and posters related to the acts.

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, catalogues, letterhead and blank forms, and commercial scripts. The photographs include prints, cardboard imprints, and a metal plate, and were mostly taken of various aspects of the Bill Lynch Shows but also include a technical maintenance photograph for a ride. The carnival documents include complimentary Shows passes, act and ride information, and blueprints.

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.).

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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