Brunk, Henry and Mercedes Rey 1979-06-25

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The Brunks discuss their experiences with tent shows, tent show employees, and the Brunk family involvement in tent shows during the 1920s and 1930s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Henry and Mercedes Rey Brunk

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Date: June 25, 1979

Location: Wichita, Kansas

Interviewer: Jerry Martin

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Various photographs discussed, Involvement with Ray Howell players, Joyce Lee Brunk, C. William Booth, performer (1929-1930), Anecdote, drunk at tent show, Use of "Toby" shows, Show names, Henry Brunk's mother, Tent show attendance, Diary, Family size, Circle stock shows, Criticisms, Fred Twyman, tent show owner, Show size, Playing theaters, Pictures used in shows, Erman Gray show, Small staff, Plays, Problems during winter, Gladys Bell, pianist, Playing theaters (again) (1927), Locations played (1947), Visitors

Tape 1, Side 2: Photographs and articles discussed, Fred Brunk, 101 Wild West Shows (1909), Circus Boys Universal Band, Charlie Schneider, sow financier, Brunk's Comedians tent show, Wichita Falls, Texas (1935), Benkelman, Nebraska (1938), Played county fair, Erman Gray, T. O. Gray, wife, Family members mentioned, Employment, various Brunk tent shows

Range Dates: 1909-1947

Bulk Dates: 1909-1947

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