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Cairoli, Charlie, 1910 - 1980

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 15 February 1910 - 17 February 1980

Biography

Hubert Jean Charles Cairoli was an Italian-English clown, impressionist and musician.

Cairoli was born in Affori, Milan, Italy to a travelling circus family of French origin, he began his performing career at the age of seven, under the name 'Carletto'. In his twenties, he was performing around Europe with his father as The Cairoli Brothers, a knockabout acrobatic act.

Cairoli first appeared at the Blackpool Tower Circus in 1939 just as the Second World War broke out and became the Tower’s resident clown for the following forty years. Cairoli achieved worldwide fame appearing in circuses, films, television, theatres in the UK America and Europe and regularly performed in variety shows and pantomime. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1970 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London's Wembley Arena.

Cairoli retired in November 1979 at 69 due to ill health and died a year later on 17 February 1980.

In February 2000 in Blackpool, Cairoli was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award from the World's Fair circus newspaper.

His son, Charlie Cairoli Junior, adapted the role his father had made famous, although performing more cabaret and pantomime rather than in the circus.

Found in 39 Collections and/or Records:

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic' 75 Poster, 1975

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.146
Scope and Contents

Charlie Cairoli, Mary Chipperfield. Colour illustrations of a clown, a woman riding horseback, horses, a zebra, a lion, tigers and an elephants against a blue background, type in yellow, orange and white.

Dates: 1975

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic Programme, 1975

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.3
Scope and Contents

Charlie Cairoli and his Company, Mary Chipperfield and her animals, The Flying Marilees Flyers Aerialists, Circus Knie’s Horses, Franz R. Althoff elephants, Kris Kremo juggler, Fattini blancing act, Skating Rolwoods, Chy Bao Guy Troupe, The Six Bertinis trick cyclists and balancing act, Desmond and Marks clown, Helen Piderman. Notes of times handwritten on programme. Contains photos, 12p.p.

Dates: 1975

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic Programme, 1975

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.78
Scope and Contents

Colour portrait photographs of Charlie Cairoli and Mary Chipperfield in circles and illustration of animal heads in yellow and red scroll joining the photos on a black starry background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising. Printed by United Printing Services, Stanley Road, Blackpool, 6p.p.

Dates: 1975

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic Programme, 1976

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.79
Scope and Contents

Colour illustration of Charlie Cairoli, showgirls and circus animals and riders on a red background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising. Printed by Renault Printing Co. Ltd., 54 College Road, Birmingham, B44 8BS, 6p.p.

Dates: 1976

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic Programme, 1977

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.14
Scope and Contents

Charlie Cairoli and his company clowns, Bronley’s Space Rocket, Rogana balance act, Circus Knie’s Horses and Ponies presented by Franz R. Althoff, Tommy Chipperfield and his lions, Bratuchin Cossack Troupe, Gina, Orlando and Celinas, Los Hermans, Inge Lise, Tommy de-Vel Trio jugglers, Normans and his udgerigars, Professor Grimble clown. Contains illustration on the cover with photos, 12p.p.

Dates: 1977

Blackpool Tower Circus Fantastic Programme, 1978

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.22
Scope and Contents

Charlie Cairoli and his company clowns, Lilly Yokoi trick cyclist, Yong Brothers balancing act, Mary Chipperfield and her magnificent animals, Norman Barrett ringmaster, The Salvadors ball balancing, Kludsky Troupe tumblers, Miss Wendy and her birds, Burger Sisters, El Gran Rober. Contains illustration on cover with photos, 12p.p.

Dates: 1978

Blackpool Tower Circus Poster, 1961

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.142
Scope and Contents Charlie Cairoli and his Company clown, The Schickler Sisters, Knie's Lippizanas, ponies and mules presented by Sacha Houke, Four Palacios, Circus Roland's Tigers presented by Charley Baumann, The Berosinis, Rudy Horn, 3 Lorrandos, Moni the Wonder smoking elephant presented by Monique, The Sydney Boxing Kangaroo, Five Elwardos, the Golden Gladiators, Little Jimmy, Our Sammy, Captain Danion's sea lions, Lilian Kenny. Colour illustrations of a clown, a horse, a tiger, an elephant and a sea lion...
Dates: 1961

Blackpool Tower Circus Poster, 1951

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.143
Scope and Contents Charlie Cairoli with Paul clowns, Oscar Konyot with his lions, Knie's chimpanzees presented by Mr and Mrs Smith, Knie's French horses presented by W Kossmayer, The Great Alexander Troupe, Victor Julian and his Pets, Knie's Tiger horses and ponies, The Four Richy's, 3 Lorandos, The Mars Troupe, The Arrigonis, 3 Houcs, Jimmy Scott, Annette's Circusettes, Little Jimmy, The Flying Constellation. Colour illustrations of a clown, chimps and dogs in clothes, a lion, a trapeze act and horses with a...
Dates: 1951

Blackpool Tower Circus Poster, 1958

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.144
Scope and Contents Charlie Cairoli with Paul clown, Three Merkys comedy acrobats, Rih-Aruso, Mills' Boxing chimpanzees presented by William Lenz, Knie's panthers, tigers, lions, polar and black bears and leopards presented by Eugen Weidman, Knei's sea lions, 6 Flying De Pauls, 3 Antares, 3 Chiesas, Maurice and May, Alma Piaia, Ivan Bratuchin and his Cossack Riders, Krone's Liberty Horses presented by Jozsi Vinicky, Manja Vinicky and her High School Acts, Little Jimmy. Colour illustrations of a clown, a tiger,...
Dates: 1958

Blackpool Tower Circus Poster, 1964

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.145
Scope and Contents Charlie Cairoli and his Company clown, The Flying Marilees, Lilian Daniels and her polar bears, Konyot's chimpanzee rodeo, The Four Rodriguez, Circus Schumann's 12 Liberty horses presented by Billy Baker, Desmond and Marks, The Guttenbergs, Fuzzy-Ball Kaye and Tiny Tommy Gallaher, Kimi Yokoi, See-Hee Troupe, Bartschelly, Evelyn Hans and her poodles, Rudi Llata. Colour illustrations of clowns, a chimp dressed as a cowboy, a polar bear, the 4 Rodriguez, Kimi Yokoi and two poodles, main...
Dates: 1964

Blackpool Tower Circus Posters, c1930 - 1990

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178R47.141-212
Scope and Contents

Posters for Blackpool Tower Circus including shows by Knie's Circus, Circus Krone, Circus Schumann, Bertram Mills Circus, Robert Brothers Circus and performances by Charlie Cairoli, Doddles, Coco the Clown, The Rosaires, Lilly Yokoi, Alfred Court, Vojtek Trubka, The Great Wallendas and Mary Chipperfield among others.

Dates: c1930 - 1990

Blackpool Tower Circus Programme, 1974

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.2
Scope and Contents

Charlie Cairoli and Company, The Flying Alizes trapeze, Trio Hoganas wire act, Max Morris and His Californian Sea Lions, The Three Siegfrieds thrilling perchists, Jean Claude and Yvette puppeteers, The Wychwoods and their poodles, Billy Smart’s Elephants, The Six Benis swing act, The Kludsky trick cycling, Jerry, Jimmy and Johnny bareback riding, Paul and Barry Harman. Colour illustration of clown on cover, photos. Notes of times handwritten on programme, 12p.p.

Dates: 1974

Blackpool Tower Circus Programme, 1973

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.76
Scope and Contents

Black cartoon illustration of Charlie Cairoli main features with red nose on a yellow background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 6p.p.

Dates: 1973

Blackpool Tower Circus Programme, 1952

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.60
Scope and Contents

Colour illustration of a cartoon clown wearing blue trousers and red braces from behind holdind a can of paint and a brush on a red background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts and programme in the centre. Autographed by Charlie Cairoli and Paul, 4p.p.

Dates: 1952

Blackpool Tower Circus Programme, Summer season 1956

 Item
Reference code: 178K27.83
Scope and Contents Charlie Cairoli, Gilbert Houcke with the Circus Krone’s famous tigers, Krone’s wonderful Arab stallions, Krone’s Shetland ponies in The Children’s Nursery, Jozsi Vinicky, The See-Hee Troupe, The Theda Sisters, Edith Crocker and her Wonderful Bears, Krone’s Golden Horse ‘Pegasus’with his elephant friend ‘Lony’, The Zemgannos, Tibor Alexander and his dog revue, The D’Angoly’s king Kong, Tom and Jerry, The Heltanos. Contains colour illustrations on front cover and photographs of the acts...
Dates: Summer season 1956

Blackpool Tower Circus Programmes, c1900 - 2009

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178K43.31-87
Scope and Contents

Blackpool Tower Circus programmes.

Dates: c1900 - 2009

Charles Taylor Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0069
Scope and Contents

The Charles Taylor collection is a fine example of Taylor’s of Wombwell printers’ posters, which highlight changes in printing techniques, fashion and taste within the popular entertainment industry. Included are examples of posters for pantomimes, fairs and circuses. The collection also contains handbills and other advertising material.

Dates: c1937 - 1989

Christopher Palmer Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0105
Scope and Contents

Circus programmes and VHS tapes from Billy Smart’s Circus and Chipperfields’s Circus collected during the 1970s and early 1980s by the TV producer, Christopher John Palmer. There are also a number of promotional photographs of artistes and other ephemera related to the circus.

Dates: 1973 - 1983

Circus Friends Association Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Clown Prints, c1900 - 1999

 File
Reference code: 178V11.54
Scope and Contents

Colour digital prints of famous clowns including Charlie Cairoli, Grock, Coco and Popov, by Royston Knipe.

Dates: c1900 - 1999