Polack Bros Circus
1931 - 1957
The Polack brothers operated important railroad carnivals in the 1920's but the depression closed these and I. J. Polack became agent for the Milt Holland Indoor Circus. Holland operated only in the winter and Polack, together with Louis Stern, took over the same organization to run in the summer as the Eastern Sates Circus. This became Polack Bros. Circus and played sponsored indoor dates. By the mid - 1940's it had offers of more dates than it could accept, so a second unit was formed. Both Polack units continued through 1957 as major circuses.
Opens in Madison Wisconsin
(from 1957 program)
Louis Stern and I. J. Polack pioneered Continental style circuses with shows stressing talent of distinction and high merit presented as local benefits in buildings and popular outdoor sites.
I. J. Polack died 1949
Widow Bessie E. Polack has charge of a second Polack Bros Unit that was started in 1946 to fill increase in demand for dates.
Stern has commanded the original Polack in it's extensive tours that span some 45 weeks of each year.
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