Diano Brothers Circus in United States

Diano Brothers Circus

Last elephant left1986
Place Canton
Region Ohio
Country United States


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Diano Brothers Circus, in Canton, United States . The last elephant left in 1986.

Comments / picturesAnthony "Tony" Diano was a businessman in Canton, Ohio and owned a farm known as the Diamond "O" Ranch, or Diamond. There was a dairy farm on the farm. in the 1930\'s he began to accumulate animals some of which were a Herd of buffalo, a camel, a polar bear, hyena, cheetah, hippo, small monkeys, elephants and even a giraffe. Later his company was called Buckeye Circus Corporation.

Diano constructed a ring barn, a bull barn and barns to hold wagons and trucks and came a circus quarters. He leased out animals to different carnivals and circuses and motion pictures.

Diano and Ben Davenport combined their show properties in 1953 into Diano Bros. Circus, but it did not last out the season. In 1954-55 some of Diano\'s animals were on World of Mirth Shows, a railroad carnival and his stock car was used on that show. In 1958-60 these animals were on Cristiani Bros. Circus. In 1961 they were on Ringling International on a South American tour. At other times some of the animals were on King Bros. (Benny Cristiani Unit) and other shows.

For a number of years Tony Diano has had one of the great herds of elephants, He had Asian females and male tuskers and Africans.

The Herd consisted of Katie, followed by young Tusko, a male Tusker and Betty an Asian female both of whom came from Bronx Zoo. Then came Calcutta and Mysore from Hamid-Morton Circus and the two Africans, Mackatella and Gandy from Carl Hartley in Africa. Lastly was Tommy the big male Tusker. Tommy was imported and trained about 1947 with a bunch of other punks for the Dailey Bros. Circus. After the close of the Dailey Show, Tommy was on Campa Bros, and in 1952 was on Wallace Bros. He came to the Diano quarters about 1954. Tony sold Tommy to the Felds with some other elephants and Tommy became "King Tusk', "the largest elephant traveling the earth". That phrase came after the Woodland Park Zoo claimed they had a larger elephant and threatened a lawsuit, thus the "traveling the earth" came about.

See Homer C. Walton\'s article in Bandwagon, Vol. 6, No. 3 (May-Jun), 1962, pp. 16-11. //J Goodall, http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2008/02/tony-diano-truck-on-cristiani-bros-1956.html

The 5 elphants sold to Fields in 23rd of April 1986 was: Big Tommy (born 1947), Calcutta (born 1946), Mysor (born 1946), Minnie (born 1956) and Dolly (born 1962).

"Mysore" and "Calcutta" are not to be confused with the punks on the Dailey Show of the same name.
They were among five elephants imported by Hamid-Morton in 1949 "Siam", "Delhi", "Bombay", "Mysore" and "Calcutta".
For some reason they were sold to Tony Diano in 1952 with whom they would remain for the next 34 years, being in the Herd sold to the Ringling Show in 1986 "Tommy", "Mysore", "Calcutta", "Minnie" and "Dolly".

Williams Buckles Woodcock

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Diano Brothers Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=116. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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