This 1896 circus poster depicts the big combined show of 'The Adam Forepaugh Show' and the 'Sells Brothers Big Show'. Both the artwork and the insistent text of this Strobridge poster of 1896 emphasize the bigness of the show. The thousands of circus-bound people pouring out of the excursion trains clinch the effect. Learn More
To emphasize the marble-statue appearance of the two performers, the artists used a black background, although black was a color rarely found to any extent on circus posters. This Adam Forepaugh circus poster, created by Strobridge artists, dates to the 1890s. Learn More
The brilliant red carpet laid on the performing platform sets off the seals and, of course, quickly attracts the eye. The descriptive copy is typical of the boastful way the circus had of proclaiming its acts as something very special. This Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus poster is from the 1930s. Learn More
Vintage circus poster for Adam Forepaugh and Sells Brothers showing circus performers riding bicycles on tightropes. This old poster dates to 1900. Great vintage circus poster available in a number of sizes. Learn More
Circus poster showing the grand pavillion tents, trains, and other circus items. TITLE: The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth, the world's largest, grandest, best amusement institution. Great vintage circus poster available in a number of sizes. Learn More
Tiger acts have always been popular because of the enormous size of the animals and their startling beauty. The black leopard was added to the group for variety and perhaps for prestige. This old Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey circus poster dates to the 1920s, when there were some 50 men and women trainers presenting big-cat acts on 14 circuses. Learn More
Trained pigs were frequently seen on the traveling circuses. An act of trained house cats might have been included more often on the tiny dog and pony shows, but the one illustrated in this circus poster of a huge railroad circus is indeed a rarity. This Barnum & Bailey circus poster dates to 1890s. Learn More
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