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Series I. Circus Prints and Ephemera (small size) approximately 1850-1991 (bulk 1880-1960)

Extent: approximately 320 items in 3 binders and 1 flat-top box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains approximately 320 printed items, 11 x 14 inches or smaller, that pertain to circuses in the United States from approximately 1850 to 1991, with the bulk of items dating from 1880 to 1960. Items consist of advertising and promotion ephemera that promote circuses or were used as business documents by circuses. Item types include trade cards, programs and souvenir books, route cards, envelopes, tickets, songsters, and printed billheads and letterheads. While some of the stationery is filled out in manuscript with miscellaneous correspondence or invoices, the series does include a substantial amount of blank letterhead.

Arrangement

Items smaller than 8 x 10 inches are housed in binders, while items that are between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size are arranged in folders in one box.
Binder  1

Circus, A-C by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 125 items
Binder  2

Circus, D-L by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 75 items
Binder  3

Circus, M-Z by company, also performers (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 115 items
Box 1, Folder 1

Circus (between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size)

Physical Description: approximately 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Select items have been digitized and are listed below:
The wonderful albino family. : Rudolph Lucasie, wife and children, from Madagascar. They have pure white skin, silken white hair and pink eyes !! Have been exhibited at Barnum’s Museum N.Y. for three years, approximately 1863. (Call number: priJLC_ENT_001313) Printers: Currier & Ives Publishers: Currier & Ives
 

Series II. Circus Prints and Ephemera (large size) 1850s-1980s (bulk 1890-1960)

Extent: 206 items

Scope and Content

This series contains more than 200 printed 19th and 20th century circus posters. The posters date from the 1850s to the 1980s, with the bulk of the items spanning from the 1890s to the 1960s. These prints were used as promotional materials and typically posted outdoors in advance of the circus coming to town. These posters, primarily color lithographs, were produced by American printers for American circuses, though there are approximately seven posters with French or German text that Barnum & Bailey used for shows in Europe in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
The posters typically contain brightly colored images of featured circus acts, performers, or animals. Many of the items include depictions of clowns, gymnasts, aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, animal trainers, or equestrians, portraits of circus owners such as P. T. Barnum, J. A. Bailey, and the Ringling Brothers, or scenes of street parades, historical pageants, circus wagons and railroad cars, tents, arenas, spectators and crowds, zoo menageries, and animals including bears, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, horses, lions, monkeys, rhinoceroses, and tigers.
The posters, primarily color lithographs, range in size from approximately 20 x 30 inches to 117 x 41 inches, and while outdoor circus posters might take up entire building walls, most of the items in the collection consist of “one-sheet” posters sized to approximately 28 x 42 inches. Approximately twenty American printing firms are represented in the collection, though the Strobridge Lithographing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, printed more than sixty of the posters, and the Erie Litho. and Printing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania, printed nearly thirty. About a quarter of the posters have date sheets, which are small strips with printed text containing information about the date and location of a particular upcoming show, pasted to the bottom of the poster.
Among the earliest items is an 1850s four-sheet poster for A. Turner & Co’s Combined Menagerie and Circus, and one of the most recent is a 1980s poster for the Ford Bros. Circus. While over fifty circuses are represented, most have between one and ten posters; the circuses of Barnum and Bailey and the Ringling Brothers comprise the largest subset in the collection with more than eighty posters among them.

Related Material

Items in the Huntington Library Historical Prints collection:

  • priHHC_ENT_0000001 Al. G. Barnes trained wild animal circus : four big steel arenas in which are presented marvel acts by ferocious jungle animals. (Al G. Barnes Wild Animal Circus) 192-.

Arrangement

Items in this series are arranged numerically by call number and described in the following format:
  • Title of print. (Circus name) Date
  • Artist(s) (when known) Printer(s) Publisher(s)
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The Barnum & Bailey big free street parade : is the most magnificent, largest, greatest processional spectacle ever seen given absolutely free at 10 o'clock a.m. preceding the initial exhibition of the greatest show on earth. (Barnum & Bailey Circus) ©1913.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000002

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth : the world's grandest, largest, best, amusement institution. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1890.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000003

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth : l'institut de divertissement le plus grand et le plus magnifique du monde. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000004

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : 1000 skits by 50 original clowns. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1916.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000005

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : the Ching-Ling-He and Tia Pen troupes. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1914.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000006

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : a complete horse show of the most beautiful, best trained and sagacious equines ever exhibited. ... (Barnum and Bailey) ©1903.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000007

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : the Dunbar Trio the world’s most famous aerialists. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1895.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000008

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : the great Florenz Troupe 12 in number ... (Barnum and Bailey) ©1904.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000009

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : Imre Kiralfy’s Columbus and the discovery of America ... (Barnum and Bailey) ©1891.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000010

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : interior view of the great double menageries ... (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1903.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000011

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : les plus vastes les plus prodigieux spectacles du monde. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1902.

Printers: Courmont Freres; Publishers: Courier Company
priJLC_ENT_000012

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : more than 200 international lady artists a worlds congress of famous performing beauties. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1917.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000013

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : a partial display of the new enormous menagerie & characteristic groupings of strange and savage people. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1894.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000014

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : scene excitante dans le cirque des enfants, par les mignons poneys Shetland, montes par des singes bavards, vivants, finissant une course chaudement contestee. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000015

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth scenes in the grand water circus. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1895.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000016

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : section 2. Circus division of the new million dollar free street parade ... (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1894.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000017

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : section 4. Performing wild beast division of the new million dollar free street parade ... (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1894.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000018

The Barnum & Bailey latest and greatest thriller the balloon horse Jupiter ... (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000019

Barnum & Bailey’s new superb spectacle Cleopatra. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1912.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000020

Die Barnum & Bailey groesste schaustellung der welt. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1898.

Artists: Potthast, Edward Henry, 1857-1927 Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000021

Die Barnum & Bailey groesste schaustellung der welt : 70 dressirte pferde in einer nummer. ... (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000022

Die Barnum & Bailey groesste schaustellung der welt : ein wahrer wirrwar der drolligsten einfalle von spassmachern in menge. ... (Barnum and Bailey) ©1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000023

P.T. Barnum’s greatest show on Earth, & the Great London Circus combined with : Sanger's Royal British Menagerie & Grand International Allied Shows. ... (Barnum & London Circus) approximately 1882.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000024

P.T. Barnum’s greatest show on Earth, & the Great London Circus combined with Sanger's Royal British Menagerie & Grand International Allied Shows. ... (Barnum & London Circus) approximately 1882.

Artists: Rothengatter, Emil, 1848-1939 Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000025

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1944.

priJLC_ENT_000026

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1944.

Artists: Bailey, Bill
priJLC_ENT_000027

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1969.

priJLC_ENT_000028

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

Artists: Howe, George, 1886-1955; Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
priJLC_ENT_000029

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

Artists: Howe, George, 1886-1955; Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
priJLC_ENT_000030

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

Artists: Howe, George, 1886-1955; Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
priJLC_ENT_000031

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus : the incomparable Alfred Court master trainer. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

Artists: Howe, George, 1886-1955; Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
priJLC_ENT_000032

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus : see you at the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1973.

Artists: Coplan, Maxwell Frederic
priJLC_ENT_000033

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : 100 double length steel railroad cars crammed and jammed with wonders from all corners of the Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1933.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000034

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1931.

Printers: Central Ptg. and Illinois Litho. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000035

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1935.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000036

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : world's greatest shows. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1935.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000037

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : the circus kings of all time ... (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1936.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000038

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : Durbar of Delhi. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1933?

Printers: Central Ptg. and Illinois Litho. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000039

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : presenting a stupendous new congress of amazing world-wide features including giraffe-neck women from Burma. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1933.

Printers: Central Ptg. and Illinois Litho. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000040

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus : the Great Otari Troupe in startling mid-air flights from a huge aerial cross. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1934.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000041

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus presenting the greatest educational feature in amusement history : direct from the African jungles - herd of the smallest full grown pigmy elephants on the face of the globe! (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1936.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000042

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : Gargantua the great the largest and fiercest gorilla ever brought before the eyes of civilized man! (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1938.

Artists: Sharp, Howard Bird, 1877-1952 Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000043

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : Gargantua the great. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1938.

Artists: Sharp, Howard Bird, 1877-1952 Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000044

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : Pallenberg's wonder bears. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1938?

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000045

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : presenting one hundred and fifty horses in “the fete of the garlands.” (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1927.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000046

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : Terrell Jacobs the lion king presenting the world's most sensational group of jungle-bred performers. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1938.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000047

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : Francis Brunn greatest juggler the world has ever known. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1948.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975 Printers: Chicago Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000048

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

priJLC_ENT_000049

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey introducing Mr. & Mrs. Gargantua the great : for 80 years the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

Artists: Howe, George, 1886-1955; Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
priJLC_ENT_000050

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents Old King Cole and Mother Goose a spectacular fantasy. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1941.

Artists: Howe, George, 1886-1955; Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
priJLC_ENT_000051

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : the world's biggest menagerie. (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus) ©1944.

Artists: Bailey, Bill
priJLC_ENT_000052

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1943.

Artists: Wood, Lawson, 1878-1957
priJLC_ENT_000053

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey the greatest show on Earth. (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus) approximately 1940.

priJLC_ENT_000054

Ringling Bros free street parade greatest the world has ever seen 10 o'clock a.m. preceding first exhibition. (Ringling Brothers) approximately 1914.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000055

Ringling Bros : Miss May Wirth somersaulting queen of the arena. (Ringling Brothers) ©1917.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000056

Ringling Bros shows : Hillary Long who puts his skates upon his head and wears his hat upon his feet while accomplishing apparently impossible stunts. (Ringling Brothers) approximately 1918.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000057

Ringling Bros stupendous spectacle Solomon and the queen of Sheba : Solomon receiving Balkis the queen of Sheba ... (Ringling Brothers) approximately 1915.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000058

The Barnum Bailey greatest show on Earth. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1908.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000059

The Barnum & Bailey musical elephant prodigies. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000060

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1945.

Artists: Bailey, Bill
priJLC_ENT_000061

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1945.

Artists: Bailey, Bill
priJLC_ENT_000062

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1945.

priJLC_ENT_000063

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1945.

priJLC_ENT_000064

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1927.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000065

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : world's biggest menagerie. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1925.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000066

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : Francis Brunn greatest juggler the world has ever known. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1948.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000067

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey : The great Alzanas world renowned high wire daredevils. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1947.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000068

80th season Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey "the greatest show on earth". (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1950.

Printers: Chicago Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000069

Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey : incredible Unus the talk of the universe. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1948.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975 Printers: Chicago Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000070

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey : World's biggest menagerie. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1944.

Artists: Bailey, Bill Printers: Chicago Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000071

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1945.

Artists: Bailey, Bill
priJLC_ENT_000072

The Adam Forepaugh shows. Historic scenes and battles of the American Revolution : inauguration of George Washington, ... (Great Forepaugh Show) ©1893.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000073

The Adam Forepaugh shows. Historic scenes and battles of the American Revolution : interior of the great tent, ... (Great Forepaugh Show) ©1893.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000074

The Adam Forepaugh shows. Historic scenes and battles of the American Revolution : Washington's state carriage ... (Great Forepaugh Show) ©1893.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000075

Al. G. Barnes quality circus of the world "the show that's different" : Champion artists present the supreme circus of all times. (Al G. Barnes Wild Animal Circus) approximately 1926?

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000076

Al G. Barnes - Sells-Floto and John Robinson combined circuses : Janet May world's foremost aerial gymnaste in thrilling one-arm planges. (Al G. Barnes - Sells-Floto Circus & John Robinson Combined Circuses) approximately 1938.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000077

Al G. Kelly and Miller Bros. 2nd largest circus : largest, most varied and valuable collection of rare animals. (Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus) approximately 1945.

priJLC_ENT_000078

Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. circus. (Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus) approximately 194-.

priJLC_ENT_000079

Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. 2nd largest circus. (Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus) approximately 1950-.

priJLC_ENT_000080

Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. 2nd largest circus : stadium Gardena afternoon night Friday April 29. (Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus) approximately 1960.

priJLC_ENT_000081

An attraction without parallel : Achille Philion the marvelous equilibrist and originator. ©1899.

Printers: Courier Company
priJLC_ENT_000082

Buffalo Bill’s wild west : Sells Floto circus. (Sells-Floto Circus) approximately 1926.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000083

Carson & Barnes big 3 ring circus. (Carson & Barnes Circus) approximately 1960?

R.S. Printers: Neal Walters Poster Corporation
priJLC_ENT_000084

Carson & Barnes circus : blood sweating hippopotamus from the river Nile. (Carson & Barnes Circus) ©1965.

Printers: Acme Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000085

Carson and Barnes big 3 ring largest circus. (Carson & Barnes Circus) 196?.

Printers: Acme Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000086

Carson and Barnes big 3 ring 2nd largest circus. (Carson & Barnes Circus) 196?.

Printers: Acme Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000087

Carson and Barnes wild animal circus : a truly big show. (Carson & Barnes Circus) ©1965.

Printers: Acme Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000088

Chamber of commerce presents Fisher Bros. Circus featuring "Goliath" America's largest blood sweating hippopotamus ... (Fisher Bros. Circus) approximately 1973.

priJLC_ENT_000089

Clyde Beatty and Cole Bros. world’s largest circus. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) 196?

Printers: Globe Poster Corp.
priJLC_ENT_000090

Clyde Beatty and Cole Bros. World’s Largest Circus. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) 196?

Printers: Globe Poster Corp.
priJLC_ENT_000091

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) 196?

priJLC_ENT_000092

Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Combined Circus. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) 196?

Printers: Majestic Poster Press
priJLC_ENT_000093

Cole Bros. Circus : two railroad trains of double length cars jammed with wonders from all parts of the world. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1935.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000094

Cole Bros. Circus. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1935?

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000095

Cole Bros. Circus : Allen sisters America's greatest equestriennes. (Cole Bros. Circus) 194-.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000096

Cole Bros. Circus : the children's favorite circus. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1935.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000097

Cole Bros. Circus : Jumbo the 2nd : only African Elephant exhibited with any American circus. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1935.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000098

Cole Bros. Circus : largest menagerie on Earth. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1935.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000099

Cole Bros. Circus : Cole Bros. Circus presents quarter-million pound act of performing elephants the most colossal trained animal display ever presented. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1935?

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000100

Cristiani Bros. Circus : 3 ring : giant safari parading 12 noon on your streets. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) between 1956 and 1959.

priJLC_ENT_000101

Cristiani Bros. Big Wild-Animal Circus. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000102

Cristiani Bros. Wild-Animal Circus : amazing leaps over a big herd of elephants. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000103

Cristiani Bros. Wild-Animal Circus : amazing leaps over a big herd of elephants. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000104

Cristiani-Wallace Bros. Circus. (Cristiani-Wallace Bros. Circus) between 1962 and 1965.

priJLC_ENT_000105

Cronin Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus. (Cronin Bros. Circus) approximately 1944.

Printers: Globe Poster Corp.
priJLC_ENT_000106

Cronin Bros. big 3 ring circus : Cal and Ruth Thompsons famous white horse troupe. (Cronin Bros. Circus) approximately 1944.

priJLC_ENT_000107

Dailey Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus : traveling on its own steel train of double length railroad cars. (Dailey Bros. Circus) between 1944 and 1950.

Printers: Central Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000108

El Zaribah Shrine Circus. (El Zaribah Shrine Circus) approximately 1967.

priJLC_ENT_000109

F. O. P. presents Fisher Bros. Circus featuring "Goliath" America's largest blood sweating hippopotamus ... (Fisher Bros. Circus) approximately 1973.

Printers: Neal Walters Poster Corporation
priJLC_ENT_000110

F. O. P. presents Fisher Bros. Circus featuring "Goliath" America's largest blood sweating hippopotamus ... (Fisher Bros. Circus) approximately 1973.

Printers: Neal Walters Poster Corporation
priJLC_ENT_000111

The Great Forepaugh & Sells Brothers shows combined : phenomenal acts of contortion, ... (Adam Forepaugh & Sells Bros. Circus) ©1899.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000112

The great Morton wonder show and combined thrill circus big tent theatre : world's most beautiful tented attraction. (Great Morton Wonder Show) approximately 1948?.

Printers: Central Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000113

Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus : Capt. Robert McPhearson and his group of forest-bred, trained, royal Bengal tigers. (Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus) approximately 1923.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000114

Hagenbeck-Wallace trained wild animal circus. (Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus) approximately 1930s.

priJLC_ENT_000115

Hanneford Circus. (Hanneford Circus) 197?

priJLC_ENT_000116

Hobart’s big united circus acts. (Hobart's Big United Circus Acts) ©1905.

Printers: American Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000117

Hobart’s big united circus acts. (Hobart's Big United Circus Acts) ©1906.

Printers: American Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000118

Hoxie Bros. big 3 ring circus. (Hoxie Bros. Circus) approximately 196-.

priJLC_ENT_000119

Hunt’s 3 Ring Circus. (Hunt's Three Ring Circus) approximately 192-?

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000120

Kay Bros. Circus and trained wild animals. (Kay Bros. Circus) approximately 193-.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000121

Ken Maynard’s Diamond K Ranch wild west circus and Indian congress. (Ken Maynard's Wild West) approximately 1936.

Printers: Donaldson Litho. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000122

Ken Maynard’s wild west circus and Indian congress. (Ken Maynard's Wild West) approximately 1936.

Printers: Majestic Poster Press
priJLC_ENT_000124

Lewis Bros. 3 Ring Streamlined Circus : Capt. Wallace and his famous troupe of Persian horses. (Lewis Bros. Circus) approximately 1941?

Printers: Central Show Printing Co.
priJLC_ENT_000125

“Believe It or Not” featured with the Ripley Road Show : Medusa child of the sea. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) approximately 193-.

priJLC_ENT_000126

International congress of oddities… presenting famous “believe it or not" subjects as cartooned by Robert L. Ripley. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) 193-?

Artists: Ripley, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1890-1949
priJLC_ENT_000127

Miss Bertha Curtis weight 540 Lbs. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) 193-?

priJLC_ENT_000128

Museum of living wonders freaks curiosities and oddities : made famous by Robt. L. Ripley in newspaper cartoons. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) 193-?

Artists: Ripley, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1890-1949
priJLC_ENT_000129

New York World’s Fair Museum presents believe it or not” weight 540 lbs. : subjects as cartooned by Robt. L. Ripley. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) approximately 1939.

Artists: Ripley, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1890-1949
priJLC_ENT_000130

New York World’s Fair Museum presents “believe it or not” : Edna Price - queen of sword swallowers. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) approximately 1939.

Artists: Ripley, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1890-1949
priJLC_ENT_000131

The pain proof man : as cartooned by Robt. L. Ripley : world famous oddity. (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) 193-?

Artists: Ripley, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1890-1949
priJLC_ENT_000132

Lady Leona psychic marvel girl with a radio mind : “she sees all knows all" (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! [Ripley Entertainment Inc.]) 193-?

priJLC_ENT_000133

Robbins Bros. Circus : gala, golden street parade 11 a.m. preceding first performance. (Robbins Bros. Circus) approximately 1938.

priJLC_ENT_000134

Robbins Bros. Circus : two railroad trains of double length cars jammed with wonders from all parts of the world. (Robbins Bros. Circus) approximately 1938.

priJLC_ENT_000135

Robbins Bros. Circus : Bingo largest elephant in the world. (Robbins Bros. Circus) between 1926 and 1931.

Printers: Globe Poster Corp.
priJLC_ENT_000136

Robbins Bros. Circus world toured : see -- menagerie of wild beasts of many species -- on the midway. (Robbins Bros. Circus) ©1965.

Printers: Acme Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000137

Sells Bros. 3 ring circus. (Sells Bros. Circus) approximately 1962.

Printers: Neal Walters Poster Corporation
priJLC_ENT_000138

Sells Brothers : Roman hippodrome 3 ring circus two elevated stages, 5 continent menagerie imperial Japanese troupe combined with Hassan Ben Ali's Moorish caravan Arabian nights' entertainment and spectacular pilgrimage to Mecca. (Sells Bros. Circus) approximately 1892.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000139

Sells Brothers in Perpetual Union with S. H. Barrett’s Roman hippodrome three ring circus elevated stage 5 continent menagerie new monster shows : the children's dream of fairy-land ... (Sells Bros. Circus) approximately 1889.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000140

Sells Floto Circus. (Sells-Floto Circus) 192-?

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000141

Tom Mix Circus : tomfoolery supreme. (Tom Mix Circus) between 1935 and 1938.

priJLC_ENT_000142

Wallace Bros. World’s Largest Circus. (Wallace Bros. Circus) approximately 1961.

priJLC_ENT_000143

Wallace Bros. World’s Largest Circus. (Wallace Bros. Circus) approximately 1961.

priJLC_ENT_000144

Wallace Bros. World’s Largest Circus. (Wallace Bros. Circus) approximately 1961.

priJLC_ENT_000145

Wallace Bros. World’s Largest Circus, (Wallace Bros. Circus) approximately 1961.

priJLC_ENT_000146

Walter L. Main 3 Ring Trained Wild Animal Shows : high wire artists : introducing the most difficult and dangerous feats ever devised by human ingenuity. (Walter L. Main Circus) between 1890 and 1904.

Printers: Riverside Printing Company
priJLC_ENT_000147

Royal American Shows : world's largest midway. (Royal American Shows Inc.) 195-?

priJLC_ENT_000148

1869 Circus. (1869 Circus) 1969?

Artists: Biggerstaff, Bill
priJLC_ENT_000149

Bentley Bros. Circus international 3-ring. (Bentley Bros. Circus) after 1977.

priJLC_ENT_000150

Capell Bros. Shows : and free circus. (Capell Bros. Shows) approximately 1950.

Printers: Colorcraft Poster Co.
priJLC_ENT_000151

Carson & Barnes Big 3 Ring Circus : ' under the big top' ... (Carson & Barnes Circus) approximately 1966.

Printers: Acme Show Print (Firm)
priJLC_ENT_000152

Carson & Barnes Big 3 Ring Circus : 'Under the Big Top' ... (Carson & Barnes Circus) approximately 1966.

priJLC_ENT_000153

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Combined Circus : Clyde Beatty in person. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1962.

Artists: Butler, Roland, 1887-1961
priJLC_ENT_000154

Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Combined Circus : Big Otto blood sweating hippopotamus from the river Nile. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1963.

Artists: Butler, Roland, 1887-1961
priJLC_ENT_000155

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros : the world's tallest giraffe. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1962.

priJLC_ENT_000156

Cole Bros. Circus : something new! direct from England "boxing horses" first time in America. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1942.

priJLC_ENT_000157

Cole Bros. Circus : blood sweating hippopotamus from the river Nile : world's largest traveling zoo. (Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1937.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000158

Coming! the mastodon! of the age! with the great New York and New Orleans zoological and equestrian exposition! (New York and New Orleans Zoological and Equestrian Exposition) approximately 1874.

priJLC_ENT_000159

Cristiani Bros. Circus. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1959.

priJLC_ENT_000160

Cristiani Bros. Circus : world's largest. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000161

Cristiani Bros. Circus : world's largest! (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000162

Cristiani Bros. Wild Animal Circus : only white rhino in captivity. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000163

Cristiani Bros. World’s Largest Circus. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1959.

Printers: Globe Poster Corp.
priJLC_ENT_000164

Cristiani Bros. World’s Largest Circus : 4 high by the incomparable Cristiani troupe. (Cristiani Bros. Circus) approximately 1958.

Artists: Freeland, Forrest Dean, approximately 1899-1975
priJLC_ENT_000165

Famous Geo. W. Cole Circus. (Famous Cole Circus) between 1954 and 1965.

Printers: Neal Walters Poster Corporation
priJLC_ENT_000166

Ford Bros. 5 Ring Circus over 100 animals. (Ford Bros. Circus) between 1980 and 1989.

Printers: Graphics 2000
priJLC_ENT_000167

Hagenbeck-Wallace Wild Animal Circus : the Carl Hagenbeck world-famous performing elephants. (Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus) approximately 1931.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000168

Hagen Bros. 3-Ring-3 Circus. (Hagen Bros. Circus) between 1950 and 1961.

Printers: Globe Poster Corp.
priJLC_ENT_000169

Kunz Century 21 Shows : world's largest motorized midway. (Century 21 Shows) approximately 1966.

Printers: Triangle Poster & Printing Company
priJLC_ENT_000170

Martin Bros. Circus. (Martin Bros. Circus) approximately 1935.

Printers: Donaldson Litho. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000171

Rudy Bros. Circus. : Albert Rixs sensational performing bears. (Rudy Bros. Circus) 196?

priJLC_ENT_000172

Sells Floto Circus second largest show in the world. (Sells-Floto Circus) approximately 1923.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000173

Tex Carson’s Wild Animal Circus. (Tex Carson's Circus) between 1951 and 1956.

Printers: Neal Walters Poster Corporation
priJLC_ENT_000174

The Walter L. Main grandest and best shows consolidated. (Walter L. Main Circus) approximately 1898.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_000964

Phineas Taylor Barnum. approximately 1889?

Artists: Rimanoczy, A., 1832-1910
priJLC_ENT_000965

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : the Court Tietze Troupe, - balloon polo on horseback. Fascinating, entrancing, thrilling contests. A new sensation. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000966

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : représentation emouvante dans l'air introduisant la flêche humaine. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1900.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000967

Ringling and Barnum Bros & Bailey Combined Shows fabulous pageant of oriental magnificence "Nepal" ... (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus) approximately 1938.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_000968

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : Déry the most intricate and difficult balancing act in the world. : the 3 Lienerts sensational act the promenade on the horizontal mirror. : The 3 Arleys marvelous act performing the feats exactly as shown in the picture. (Barnum & Bailey) ©1914.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001309

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. : Capt. Astronaut the human projectile. (Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus) approximately 1961.

Artists: Butler, Roland, 1887-1961
priJLC_ENT_001310

John Robinson's Circus : Miss Billie Ward world's champion lady aerial gymnast. (John Robinson's Circus) approximately 1929.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_001311

John Robinson's Circus : the capture of Victor largest hippopotamus in captivity performing daily on the hippodrome track. (John Robinson's Circus) approximately 1929.

Printers: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co.
priJLC_ENT_001312

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows : dainty Miss Leitzel world's most marvelous lady gymnast. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) approximately 1925.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001313

The wonderful albino family. : Rudolph Lucasie, wife and children, from Madagascar. They have pure white skin, silken white hair and pink eyes !! Have been exhibited at Barnum’s Museum N.Y. for three years. (Barnum's Museum) approximately 1863.

Printers: Currier & Ives
priJLC_ENT_001314

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : Pallenberg's wonder bears the only bicycle-riding, roller-skating, acrobatic bears in the world. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1915.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001315

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : the four Silbons, America's greatest troupe of aerialists, ... (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1893?

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001316

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : first American appearance the great Hungarian riders the "Konyot" family absolutely the world's foremost equestrians. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001317

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : only trained giant living hippopotamuses. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 189-?

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001318

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001319

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : one group of the many superb and most sagacious stallions. The noblest & most beautiful horses, in original wise and graceful tricks. (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 189-.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001320

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : an equestrian academy of high school trick horses, park drivers and cake-walking equines. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1904.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001321

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : strange and savage tribes : a glimpse of the great menagerie tent, showing the loose led animals and grand ethnological congress. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1894.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001322

Barnum & Bailey : the four sisters Deike first American appearance. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001323

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : Miss Duray Leonora. ... (Barnum and Bailey) approximately 189-.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001324

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth the thriller supreme Desperado's terrible leap for life ... (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001325

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : the greatest high air exhibition ever presented in the world : the 10 Seigrist-Silbons the 5 La Mar Troupe and the 5 marvelous flying Neapolitans in a superb number. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1909.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001326

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : Winston's remarkable riding, juggling aerobatic seals most wonderful trained animal feature of the age. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1911.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001327

Barnum & Bailey greatest show on Earth : Carl Clair's grand military band & orchestra. (Barnum and Bailey) ©1895.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001328

Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey : big new free parade. (Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows) ©1917.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001329

M.L. Clark & Son's combined shows and trained animal exhibition : the lion queen and her den of untamables. (M.L. Clark & Son's Circus) between 1910 and 1918.

Printers: Donaldson Litho. Co.
priJLC_ENT_001330

The original Adam Forepaugh shows. : Miss Aimee Parnella. ... (Great Forepaugh Show) approximately 1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001331

Adam Forepaugh & Sells Brothers greatest shows consolidated. (Adam Forepaugh & Sells Bros. Circus) ©1900.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001332

The Adam Forepaugh & Sells Brothers America's greatest shows united. (Adam Forepaugh & Sells Bros. Circus) approximately 1898.

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001333

Sells Brothers' enormous united shows : rare zoological marvels ... (Sells Bros. Circus) approximately 1894?

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_001334

Sells Brothers' enormous united shows : 4 horse chariot race ... (Sells Bros. Circus) approximately 1894?

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_ENT_002336

A. Turner & Co’s combined menagerie and circus ... (A. Turner and Company) approximately 1851.

Printers: J.H. & F.F. Farwell (Firm)
 

Series III. Circus Broadsides and Handbills 1820s-1930s (bulk 1860-1920)

Extent: approximately 130 items in 10 oversized folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains more than 120 printed 19th and early 20th century circus broadsides, handbills, and related advertisements. These bills publicize shows for approximately 60 different American circuses between the 1820s and 1930s, with the bulk of the items dating from 1860 to 1920. The printed text typically includes the name of the circus, featured attractions, acts, and performers, admission prices, and the date and location of shows.
The materials range in size from approximately 10 x 6 inches to 42 x 7 inches and consist primarily of single-sheet advertisements for circus shows that were intended to be distributed by hand, left in stacks in public places, or posted on walls, fences, or in windows in advance of the circus’s arrival in a town. Among the names given to these advertisements, according to their size and mode of distribution, are broadsides, dodgers, handbills, hangers, heralds, posters, playbills, and show bills. The notices in this series are primarily long, narrow broadsides printed on newsprint paper in black ink using letterpress type of varying fonts and sizes, though some have colored ink, colored paper, or woodcut illustrations. The series also includes one 1881 circus courier (a four-page bill) and four newspaper issues with articles or advertisements about circuses.
Among the most commonly credited printers in this series are Clarry & Reilley (New York, New York); the Courier Company (Buffalo, New York); Erie Litho & Printing Co. (Erie, Pennsylvania); and the Russell & Morgan Printing Company (Cincinnati, Ohio). The bills that include show location information promote shows in the following states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the circus in ten oversized folders.
  • Folder 1: A-Bai (Bailey - Barnum)
  • Folder 2: Barr-C (S. H. Barrett & Co. - W.C. Coup)
  • Folder 3: D-F (Howard Damon - A.K. Fulford & Co.)
  • Folder 4: G-L (Grand Circus Royal - J.H. LaPearl)
  • Folder 5: M (Sam MacFlinn - Mullen & Quinette)
  • Folder 6: N-Ric (New York Circus - George W. Richard)
  • Folder 7: Rin-Sc (Ringling Bros. - William K. Schulz)
  • Folder 8: Se (Sells Bros. - Sells-Floto)
  • Folder 9: Sp- Z (Sparks - Wheeler Bros.)
  • Folder 10: Couriers and Newspapers
Individual items are described in the following format:
  • Circus name, Date
  • Printer (when identified)
  • Show location (when applicable)
OV Folder 1

A-Bai (Bailey - Barnum)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: G. F. Bailey & Co.; Barnum's Museum; P.T. Barnum; Barnum & Bailey; and Barnum & London.
 

G. F. Bailey & Co. Circus and Menagerie, 1860

  • Show location: New Haven, Connecticut
 

G. F. Bailey & Co's Quadruple Combination, [1872]

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

G. F. Bailey & Co's Menagerie, [1872]

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Barnums American Museum, 1854

  • Show location: New York, New York
 

Barnum Museum, [approximately 1860]

  • Printer: Clarry & Reilley, Printers and Engravers, 12, 14 & 16 Spruce St.
  • Show location: New York, New York
 

Museum of Wonders! Containing the Greatest Curiosities ever exhibited to be seen during the day and evening, in the small tent adjoining that of the European Circus! …, [approximately 1860?]

  • Likely an advertisement for Barnum's Museum based on advertising for the French Giant, "What is it?", the Aztec Children, and the Circassian Lady from Anapa.
 

Barnum's Museum, 1862

  • Show location: New York, New York
 

P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, [1877]

  • Printer: Chicago Evening Journal Print
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
 

P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, [1879]

  • Printer: Chicago Evening Journal Print
  • Show location: Ottawa, Illinois
 

P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, 1879

  • Show location: Calais, Maine
 

Barnum & Bailey, [1889]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: Lowell, Massachusetts
 

Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, 1910

  • Printer: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 221 Institute Place, Chicago
  • Show location: Marysville, California
 

B. & O. R. R. Excursions : The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, [1912]

  • Also an advertisement for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
  • Show location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

P. & R. Ry. Excursions : The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, [1912]

  • Also an advertisement for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad.
  • Show location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

Fort Dodge Line Excursions … Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, [1915]

  • Also an advertisement for the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad.
  • Printer: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 221 Institute Place, Chicago
  • Show location: Fort Dodge, Iowa
 

Illinois Central R.R. Excursions to the greatest circus in the history of the world The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, 1911

  • Also an advertisement for the Illinois Central Railroad.
  • Printer: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 221 Institute Place, Chicago
  • Show location: Fort Dodge, Iowa
 

P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth and the great London Circus …, [1881]

  • Printer: James Reilley, Steam Job Printer and Engraver, 12, 14 & 16 Spruce St., N.Y.
  • Show location: Lewiston, Maine
OV Folder 2

Barr-C (S. H. Barrett & Co. - W.C. Coup)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: S. H. Barrett & Co.; Batcheller & Doris; Big Circus (?); Burk; Christy Bros.; Circus Bowery; W. W. Cole; Cole & Cooper; Cole Bros.; and W. C. Coup.
 

S. H. Barrett & Co., [approximately 1884]

  • Printer: [Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y.]
 

S.H. Barrett & Co's New, United, Monster Railroad Shows!, [approximately 1884]

 

Batcheller & Doris Great Inter-Ocean Largest Show on Earth, between 1879 and 1882

 

Batcheller & Doris' Greatest Rail Road Show on Earth!, [1879]

  • Five-panel cartoon of "Street Gamin" on verso.
  • Show location: York, Pennsylvania
 

Batcheller & Doris Great Double Circus and trained animal exhibition, [1882]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Show location: Logansport, Indiana
 

Big Circus 3 ring exposition Manistee Mich. Thursday July 30,

  • Printer: U.S. Printing & Litho. Co. Erie, Pa.
  • Show location: Manistee, Michigan
 

Burk's Great Shows, between 1887 and 1892

  • Printer: Jeffery Printing Co., Chicago
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Christy Bros. Big 5 Ring Wild Animal Circus, approximately 1920s

 

Circus Bowery … Les Freres Francais … M. Cassimir … Aymar!, [approximately 1844]

  • Show location: New York, New York
 

W. W. Cole's World-Famous, Five-Continent New Mammoth Circus, [1882]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

W. W. Cole's Tidal Wave of unparalleled amusement novelties, 1886

  • Multi-color background.
  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
 

W. W. Cole's New Colossal Shows, [1886]

  • Printer: Great Western Printing Co., Show Printers and Engravers, St. Louis
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
 

Cole & Cooper Great United Shows, [approximately 1913?]

  • Printer: Erie Division, U.S. Litho Co., Erie, Pa.
 

Cole Bros. Circus, [1936]

  • Show location: San Francisco, California
 

Cole Bros. Circus, [1936]

  • Show location: [Columbus, Ohio]
 

W. C. Coup's Mammoth, Monster United Shows, [1881]

  • Printer: Jno. B. Jeffery Mammoth Show Printing and Engraving House, Chicago.
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
 

W. C. Coup … Vast United Monster Shows, [1882]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
OV Folder 3

D-F (Howard Damon - A.K. Fulford & Co.)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: Howard Damon; Adam Forepaugh; Adam Forepaugh & Sells Bros.; J.M. French; and A. K. Fulford & Co.
 

Howard Damon Big Australian Railroad Circus, [approximately 1909?]

  • Printer: Riverside Printing Co., Milwaukee, Wis.
 

Great Forepaugh Show, [1875]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: Vermont
 

Great Forepaugh Show, [1877]

  • Printer: Chicago Evening Journal Print
  • Show location: Atchison, Kansas ; St. Joseph, Missouri
 

Great Forepaugh Show, [1881]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: Logansport, Indiana
 

Great Forepaugh Show, [1884]

  • Printer: Jno. B. Jeffery Mammoth Show Print[ing and Engraving House, Chicago]
  • Show location: Atchison, Kansas; Leavenworth, Kansas; Topeka, Kansas
 

Adam 4-Paw Shows, [1892]

  • Printer: Morrell Brothers, Show Printers, 511 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Show location: Binghamton, New York
 

[Forepaugh and Sells Brothers]… Two Greatest Menageries. Two Greatest Circuses…, [1896]

  • Fragment; circus name missing.
  • Printer: Russell & Morgan Factories, Cincinnati
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Adam Forepaugh Sells Brothers, [1896]

  • Printer: Russell & Morgan Factories, Cincinnati
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
 

J. M. French's Oriental Circus, [1870]

  • Printer: Van Benthuysen & Sons' Printing House, Albany, N.Y.
  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

A. K. Fulford & Co.'s Monster United Shows New London Circus, Museum, Aviary and Great World's Menagerie [fragment], [approximately 1890]

OV Folder 4

G-L (Grand Circus Royal - J.H. LaPearl)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: Grand Circus Royal & English Menagerie & Astley; Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus; William P. Hall; Richard Havemann; Holland & MacMahon; Howe; Ireland Bros.; Jones Brothers; King & Franklin; and J. H. La Pearl.
 

Grand Circus Royal, English Menagerie, and the Great Astley's Museum and Aquarium of Ocean Wonders!, 1882

  • Show location: [Dayton, Ohio]
 

Carl Hagenbeck and Great Wallace Shows Combined,

  • Show location: Eastport, Maine
 

Carl Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, 1919

 

Great Wm. P. Hall Shows, [1905]

  • Printer: Riverside Printing Co., Milwaukee, Wis.
 

Richard Havemann's Wild Animal Indoor Circus, [1928]

  • Handbill
  • Show location: Decorah, Iowa
 

Holland & McMahon's Great World's Circus, [1888]

  • Printer: St. Joseph Steam Printing Co.
  • Show location: St. Joseph, Missouri
 

Howe's New London Shows, [1887]

  • Printer: Great Western Printing Co., Show Printers and Engravers, St. Louis
 

Ireland Bros.' Amusement Company … The St. Louis World's Fair, [1904]

 

Jones Brothers World Toured Shows,

  • Printer: Erie Litho. & Printing Co., Erie, PA.
 

King & Franklin's Monster Shows, [1888]

  • Printer: Jeffery Printing Co., Chicago
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

J. H. La Pearl's Big One-Right Railroad Show, [1896]

  • Printer: Hennegan & Co., Show Print., Cincinnati, O.
  • Show location: Muncie, Indiana
 

J. H. La Pearl's Allied Railroad Shows, [1899]

  • Printer: Hennegan & Co., Show Print., Cincinnati
  • Show location: Westerly, Rhode Island
OV Folder 5

M (Sam MacFlinn - Mullen & Quinette)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: Sam MacFlinn; John S. McMahon (or John S. MacMahon); Maginley & Co.; Walter L. Main; Merlin & Co.; Miller, Stowe & Freeman; Circo Modelo; Monier; and Mullen & Quinette.
 

Sam MacFlinn's New Great European Gigantic Shows ; Sam MacFlinn's World's Wonderland Exposition!, 1888

  • Printer: C.R. & H.H. Hatch Show Printers, Nashville, Tenn.
 

John S. McMahon's Great Olympian Circus and Monster Trained Elephant Exhibition, 1892

  • Show location: Greenwood ; James
 

Maginley & Co's Circus, Menagerie Museum & Trained Animals!, [1874]

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Walter L. Main … Grandest and Best Railroad Shows, [1895]

 

Walter L. Main New Fashion Plate Shows!, [approximately 1900s]

  • Printer: Erie Litho and Printing Co., Erie, Pa.
 

Merlin & Co.'s Big City One Ring Circus, [1897]

  • Printer: H.C. Saffen Printing House. 172 Skillman Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Show location: Washington, D.C.
 

Miller, Stowe & Freeman's Circus & Menagerie, [1889]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Modelo Show,

  • Text in Spanish; printer based on credit line for image.
  • Printer: [Ackermann Quigley Litho Co.]
  • Show location: Oakland
 

Circus. Mr. Monier's Benefit, [approximately 1820s?]

  • Show location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

Mullen's Big 25 R.R. Show, [approximately 1892]

  • Printer: Great Western Printing Co., St. Louis
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N-Ric (New York Circus - George W. Richard)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: New York Circus; Paris Pavilion; Pawnee Bill; Dan Rice; and George W. Richard.
 

New York Circus, [1865]

  • Printer: Clarry & Reilley, Engravers and Decorative Steam Job Printers, 12 & 14 Spruce Streets
 

New York Circus, [1868]

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

New York Circus, 1869

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

New York Circus, 1872

 

New York Circus, 1872

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Paris Pavilion Circus : The Great River Show Circus, [approximately 1870s]

  • Printer: Democrat Litho. and Print. Co., St. Louis
  • Show location: Kansas City, Missouri
 

Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West and Great Far East, [1905]

  • Printer: Hennegan Show Print, Cincinnati
  • Show location: Leavenworth, Kansas
 

Dan Rice's Great Show, Circus, Menagerie and School of Educated Animals, [1868]

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Richard's Stupendous Combination 10-Cent Shows and Original Novelty Canine Circus!, [1886]

  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
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Rin-Sc (Ringling Bros. - William K. Schulz)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: Ringling Bros.; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey; Frank A. Robbins; John Robinson; Schell Bros.; and William K. Schulz.
 

Ringling Brothers World's Greatest Shows, [1892]

  • Printer: Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. Show Printing House
  • Show location: Memphis, Missouri
 

Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows, [approximately 1915?]

  • Show location: Iowa
 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, [1919]

  • Printer: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 221 Institute Place, Chicago
  • Show location: Mansfield, Ohio
 

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, [1919]

  • Printer: Central Printing and Engraving Co., 221 Institute Place, Chicago
  • Show location: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mankato, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sioux City, Iowa ; Omaha, Nebraska ; Lincoln, Nebraska
 

Frank A. Robbins New and Greatest All Feature Shows, [approximately 1900s or 1910s]

  • Printer: Erie Litho. & Print Co., Erie, Pa.
 

Frank A. Robbins Shows (also titled Frank A. Robbins New and Greatest All Feature Shows), [approximately 1909?]

 

John Robinson's Great World Exposition!, [1884]

  • Printer: Russell, Morgan & Co. Press Cin.
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Sig Sautelle's Shows, [approximately 1926?]

  • Printer: Curtiss Show Print, Continental, O.
 

Schell Bros. Circus Presents Jack Hoxie …, [approximately 1931]

 

Captain Wm. K. Schulz presents "The King of the Beasts", [1934]

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Se (Sells Bros. - Sells-Floto)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: Sells Bros. and Sells-Floto.
 

Sells Brothers Millionaire Confederation of Stupendous Railroad Shows, [1881]

  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Sells Brothers 50 Cage Menagerie and Great 4 Ring Circus, [1884]

  • Printer: Russell & Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati, O.
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Sells Brothers 50 Cage Menagerie and Great 4 Ring Circus, [1884]

  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Sells Brothers 50 Cage and Four Ring Circus & Menagerie, [1884]

  • Printer: Russell & Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati
  • Show location: Dayton, Ohio
 

Sells Brothers' Roman Hippodrome, [1891]

  • Printer: Russell & Morgan Printing Company, Cincinnati
 

Sells Brothers' Enormous United Shows, [1893]

  • Also advertisement for the Chicago & North Western Railroad.
  • Printer: Journal-Gazette Printing House, Columbus, Ohio
  • Show location: Aurora, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; Mankato, Minnesota
 

Sells-Floto, [1906]

  • Text in Spanish.
  • Printer: Imp. De Webb. - Mexico
  • Show location: Monterrey
 

Big Sells Shows ; El Grandioso Sells … El Grandioso Floto, [approximately 1906]

  • Text in Spanish.
  • Printer: Great Western Publishing Co., Denver, Colo.
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Sp- Z (Sparks - Wheeler Bros.)

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains show bills produced for the following circuses: Sparks; Stone & Murray; William Thompson; Van Amburgh & Co.; Welch; R. W. Weldon & Co.; Wheeler & Sautelle; and Wheeler Bros.
 

Sparks World Famous Circus (also titled Sparks 3 Ring Circus), [1917]

  • Printer: Erie Litho & Printing Co., Erie, Pa.
  • Show location: Eastport, Maine
 

Stone & Murray's Circus, [1870]

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Great Stone & Murray Circus, 1871

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Wm. Thompson's New Australian Railroad Circus, [1892]

  • Show location: [Franklin, Pennsylvania]
 

Van Amburgh & Co's New Great Golden Menagerie, 1868

  • Show location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Welch's New National Circus & Theatre, 1855

  • Show location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

R. W. Weldon & Co.'s New Railroad Circus and Menagerie, [1883]

  • Printer: Russell Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati
  • Show location: Hickman, Kentucky
 

Wheeler and Sautelle's Combined Shows (also titled Wheeler and Sautelle's Greater Menagerie), [1932]

  • Printer: Erie Litho & Ptg. Co., Erie, Pa.
 

Wheeler and Sautelle's Combined Shows (also titled Wheeler and Sautelle's Greater Menagerie), [1932]

  • Show location: Danielson, Connecticut
 

Wheeler Bros. Enormous Shows, [1916]

  • Also an advertisement for the Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad.
  • Printer: Erie Litho & Printing Co., Erie, Pa.
  • Show location: Delphos, Ohio
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Couriers and Newspapers

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains a circus courier for the Grand Circus Royal & English Menagerie & Astley and P.T. Barnum, as well as newspapers with articles or advertisements about circuses.
 

The Grand Circus Royal English Menagerie and the Great Astley's Museum Aquarium &c., [1881]

  • Show location: Mount Joy
 

P.T. Barnum's Illustrated News, c1879

  • Printer: Courier Company Show Printing House, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Show location: Haverhill, Mass.
 

Daily Evening Standard, 1851 July 3

  • 4 pages with a front-page article on P.T. with a Barnum's Museum and Menagerie
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts
 

Philadelphia Inquirer (uncut), 1865 July 14

  • 8 pages with a front-page article on the Barnum Fire Museum
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

Denison Daily News, 1875 September 21

  • 4 pages with a back full-page advertisement for the Great International Menagerie, Museum, Aviary, Aquarium, Collossal Hippodrome, Grecian Circus and Calisthenic Exhibitions
  • Denison, Texas
 

Harper's Weekly, 1876 May 13

  • Pages 395-6 with an advertisements for P.T. Barnum's New and Greatest Show on Earth