Vintage Circus Posters
We have a beautiful collection of old and vintage circus posters dating from the late 1800s to the 1970s. These include posters from the Ringling Brothers circus, Barnum & Bailey circus, Adam Forepaugh circus, and Sells Brothers circuses, to name a few.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the circus was an annual event awaited with great anticipation. Weeks before the circus was due to arrive, colorful posters appeared on barns and fences, announcing the dates and new performers. When the circus arrived, excitement grew as wagons, elephants, and clowns paraded through town. Most circus posters feature dramatic new acts or exotic animals; many make outrageous (and sometimes utterly false) claims – the largest, the smallest, the most dangerous, the rarest, the one and only, etc.
These vintage circus posters make great decorator pieces and will brighten up any office, home decor, or kid's playroom. Available in a variety of sizes and every vintage circus poster comes with a money back guarantee so shop with confidence.
$19.95All 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
$19.95In this nice circus poster of the 1920s the artist has made a clever composite of the routines performed by these male lions. In actuality, the trainer would put these big cats through their paces one trick at a time; this avoids confusion and keeps each animal's attention riveted on the particular routine which he is responsible. Learn More
$19.95The slogans '100 Clowns - Count 'Em - 100' and 'An Army of Clowns' as on this poster of the 1920's, were commonly used to emphasize an important facet of any circus performance. Hagenbeck-Wallace Trained Wild Animals Circus with a bunch of crazy circus clowns with mohawks, spiked hair, and every sort of clown you could imagine...pretty cool poster! Learn More
$19.95Beautiful girls, stunning wardrobe, magnificent horses, a charming trainer, a clown, ring curbs and props - all these put together in one scene result in an extremely attractive circus poster. From the Ringling Bros. Barnum Bailey circus in the 1920s. Learn More
$19.95Tiger 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
$19.95This 1920's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus poster depicts Capt. Barry's famous educated equines. Shows 8 horses performing tricks. Learn More
$19.95This 1920s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus poster illustrates bears wire walking, stilt walking, riding bicycles, skating, dancing and playing instruments. Learn More