The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show

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This February 1956 Circus Day show was the first appearence of Pansy the Costume Horse on the MMC. For the third season the husband-and-wife costume team would return without the young lady (whose name unfortunately is unknown) for a Fun with Music Day skit called Hayride. The act originated in the late 1930's for vaudeville performances. The couple inside the horse were Frank and Florence Mayo. The original young lady accompanying the act was Florence's sister Virgina, who adopted her brother-in-law's family name for stage performances. For more background on the act's history read this excellent article at The Bad and the Beautiful. Aside from the mice in the viewing audience, the four clowns are thought to be Sharon Baird, Bonni Kern, Doreen Tracey, and Don Underhill.

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