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Arnold, Tom, 1897 - 1969



  • Existence: 1897 - 2 February 1969


Thomas Charles Arnold was a theatrical producer, born in Yorkshire in 1897. Tom Arnold started to work in theatre production after the First World War, touring revues around provincial theatres and music halls. By 1934, he became involved in pantomime and eventually expanded his business to encompass a wide range of classical and popular performance including opera, classical plays, films, revues, American rodeo and variety, ice spectaculars and circuses. He also had business interests in seaside piers and pleasure steamers, including the Ice Palace in Brighton, city which he considered his second home. He also produced films, including Waltzes from Vienna with Alfred Hitchcock.

Tom Arnold produced numerous shows in Harringay Arena including circus and ice spectaculars and Wembley Arena.

Tom Arnold died on 2 February 1969 at 72 years of age.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Circus Friends Association Collection

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

Circus Photographs, 1910 - 1964

Reference code: 178C108.5141-5337
Scope and Contents Black and white and some colour photographs of circus scenes, animals, people and personalities including; Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Dame Laura Knight, Bertram Mills, Cyril Mills, Winston Churchill, Coco, Whimsical Walker, A. Pearson equestrian director at Bertram Mills Circus, Percy Huxter, Lulu Adams, Cissie Rosaire, Aubry Rosaire and Zena Rosaire, also Rosaire Circus, Bertam Mills Circus, Tom Arnold's Circus, Ginnett's and Fossett's Circus and a large Barnum shows...
Dates: 1910 - 1964

Newspaper Cuttings and Scapbooks, 1838 - 2007

Reference code: 178G21
Scope and Contents

A collection of newspaper cuttings on circus, circus proprietors and performers and scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings, posters, programmes and other items of ephemera, covering mainly British circuses and venues such as Belle Vue and also some international circuses.

Dates: 1838 - 2007

Photographs and Postcards, c1800 - 1999

Reference code: 178C108
Scope and Contents

Black and white and colour photographs, negatives and photographic albums mainly containing images of British circus, circus performers, animals and circus personalities but also some menageries such as Bostock and Wombwell and other associated entertainments and non-British circuses taken by David Jamieson, Lindsay Temple, Den Curtis, Capt. Middleton, Jack Niblett and other photographers.

Dates: c1800 - 1999

Programmes, c1800 - 2019

Reference code: 178K43
Scope and Contents

A collection of mainly British and international circus programmes and some variety and music hall programmes containing circus acts.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

Scrapbook of Multiple Circuses, 1952 - 1953

Reference code: 178G21.43
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings and photographs, relating to multiple circuses and acts including Bertram Mills, Jack Hylton's, Chipperfield's and Harringay's, 14p.p.

Dates: 1952 - 1953

Scrapbook of Multiple Circuses, 1952 - 1954

Reference code: 178G21.27
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings and black and white photographs, relating to multiple circuses and acts including Moscow State Circus, Bertram Mills, Billy Smarts, Harringay Circus, 37p.p.

Dates: 1952 - 1954

Scrapbook of Multiple Circuses, 1952 - 1960

Reference code: 178G21.29
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings and black and white photographs, relating to multiple circuses and acts including Chipperfield's, Harringay Circus, 50p.p.

Dates: 1952 - 1960

Tom Arnorld's Harringay Circus Programmes, 1925 - 1959

Reference code: 178K43.622
Scope and Contents

Programmes for Tom Arnorld's Harringay Circus and Wild West Show and Tom Arnold presenting Big Top, Mammoth Circus and others at various locations containing black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, illustrations, programme and commercial advertising.

Dates: 1925 - 1959