All big circuses in the first half of the 20th century carried a large menagerie of wild animals. This was a popular and highly educational feature. The attractive montage on this Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily circus poster of the 1920's indicates the vast and varied collection of animals that would be on display. Learn More
Gargantua was the most heavily billed and promoted circus attraction since Barnum's elephant Jumbo in the early 1880s. From 1938, the date of this Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus poster, through 1948, Gargantua traveled from one end of the United States to the other in a huge air-conditioned cage. Learn More
Circus poster showing seals during circus act. Caption says Trained by Captain Woodward. Every feat pictured above actually presented. $500.00 will be given to anyone producing a similar act. Original poster dates to 1899. Great vintage circus poster available in a number of sizes. Learn More
In 1903 Barnum & Bailey presented an unusually lavish Spectacle of Balkis(the Arabic name of the biblical Queen of Sheba). At this period all the big railroad circuses staged these pantomine productions involving hundreds of beautifully wardrobed people, scores of horses and dozens of elephants, camels, zebras, and llamas. The subject might be Joan of Arc, Cinderella or Nero and the Burning of Rome. All these productions were part of the circus, presented in the big tent. Learn More
This Ringling Bros. circus poster of the 1900 era, by the Courier Lithograph Company of Buffalo, NY, calls the menagerie an 'Exposition of Natural History', and it was a truly educational extension of the circus. Audiences of the hinterland were especially fascinated by the exotic beasts which they had never seen before. Learn More
Circus poster showing a juggler, and contortionists performing various acts including backward dives from an extension ladder. Title: The great Forepaugh & Sells Brothers shows combined. Phenomenal acts of contortion. Poster dates to 1899. Learn More
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