Yo Yo and Friends


From my collection

Yo Yo (Bill Alcott) is seen above with a Majorette, which I have just discovered is an American term for a baton twirling marching girl. In Australia we have a different name for this type of performer. We call them  Baton Twirling Marching Girls. Not much linguistic creativity there, Oz! The above souvenir photo is one of many I have seen on eBay, in the past two years or so, where we see Yo Yo posing with a visitor to the carnival or circus. The above photo is the only one that shows somebody in a costume that indicates they were also performers at the event.

My scanner has failed to capture how wonderful this photo is.  There is a depth to the photo that is not visible here. Our marching girl is beautiful. She looks serene and comfortable getting a hug from my favourite clown. I wonder if they were friends?

Below are more photos of Yo Yo with circus goers. Unless otherwise indicated, I do not own them, but copied them from the eBay listing when they were sold.


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From my collection

  1. The Marching Girl is beautiful. Her feelings are written all over her face, in contrast to her friend whose face is hidden behind the mask.

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  2. You do not see the ‘excitedness’ in her face that you see in the faces of the ‘goers’. Maybe a bit of wariness, maybe she is not used to a photo booth and is a bit tentative as to what happens next, or is not as happy as YoYo to be squished in the booth.

    Good post, Katherine.

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  3. stephen said:

    As if clowns weren’t terrifying enough out in the open. How these women managed to look so relaxed and even cheerful when trapped with one in a tiny photo booth is beyond me.

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    • I agree with you on that! I hate clowns in real-life but love them in photos, especially those prior to WW2. From what I’ve read they were much more interesting in the past than they are now. They were able to get away with heavy satire of the ruling classes in the guise of being “a fool” but, as with great comedians of today, they were very smart and quick minded, not like the bumbling unfunny clowns we know today.


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