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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.

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.

Robert Grant Dexter fonds

  • MS-2-736
  • Fonds
  • 1963 - 1966
Fonds consists of records regarding Robert Grant Dexter's professional activities in the 1960s, including his involvement with the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fonds contains correspondence, newspaper clippings and manuscripts.

Dexter, Robert Grant

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 clean outdoor amusement."

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, wires, phone calls, and permits.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.).
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