Tuesday, September 3, 2013


 What in the heck is a Puppet Rodeo? Should I Google it and see if it really exists? Hmmmm...
 I just might!
This vehicle sits down in Newcastle, California behind a chain-link fence how but suprisingly enough, when I did Google it, I got a few hits for the exact same vehicle. It seems that I am not the only one who has been curious about it.
These are a couple of images that I found when I Googled "Levi's Puppet Rodeo". It seems that it was a real hit in 1939 at the Treasure Island Fair in San Francisco.
And there is proof !
The license plate says: California World's Fair 39

What an incredible amount of history sits right down the road from me, not more than 15 minutes away. And all this time I just thought it was a unique-looking vehicle, stopped to take a few photos of it one afternoon, and it lead me to do this research on it. I'm sure there is more to find out. 
Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? So unusual and unique, at least it seems unique. But maybe there were more than one of them. Or not!


  1. evidently it has a history...i am intriguing...i did clowning and puppeting a long time ago...ha

  2. What an informative post. Love it and how very interesting. Love this bus/truck. I've never seen anything like this. Thanks for the news.:)

  3. Well, whatever it was, it sure is a piece of California history. Great photos. I'm going to have to look this up too. Maybe they take it to local rodeos or the Burning Man get-together. I believe the whole thing was last weekend. It's the kind of "strange" vehicle you would see there.

  4. I think J and I need that truck so we can revive the Puppet Rodeo!