Keeping with the circus theme in my previous post, I thought it was high time you also met Curly the Clown. (He too has been a draft post for more than a year.) This post also doubles as last week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia post.
This sign is just rusting away alongside the Historic National Road (U.S. 40) in Seelyville, Indiana. I pass this iconic piece of Americana everyday on my way to work in Terre Haute.
When searching the Net to find out more about this once animated ice cream sign I found out that he is just like the original Dairy Queen sign. I’m not sure if the ice cream shop years ago in Seelyville purchased Curly the Clown from Dairy Queen, then painted their own business name on the sundae container … or maybe Circus Conies & Cones custom ordered the same sign as Dairy Queen from the same sign company.
Anywho … The original Dairy Queen version also waved and a bulb in the ice cream cone would light up at night.
When the circus came to town. I think back in March 2012, I had a meeting at church. I really didn’t want to see the show, I just wanted to take the elephant ride they had advertised and snap a few pictures. So I attended my meeting and got to the circus location just before the show ended and the elephants were nervously waiting outside, staked to the ground, in a make-shift pen of gate, police tape and circus trailers. I walked between two trailers, right into the elephant area and started snapping photos. I saw they were chained to stakes in the ground so I felt I was a comfortable distance away. That is until a circus employee yelled at me to back away before B.O.B. whacked me with her long trunk. I complied and talked with the handler from behind the gate where he explained why I almost gave him a heart attack. He said B.O.B. stands for “Bad Old Bitch” and with a 10-foot swing, she lives up to her name.
Anywho, these photos are poor quality, because by that time, it was getting dark and I had to zoom in from several feet away outside the pen.