Circus Poster, Barnum & Bailey, A Child Dreaming of a Circus, 1896

Summary

In the late nineteenth century, printers developed a lithograph method that produced brightly colored posters. In advance of a circus coming to town, general agents glued these eye-catching generic posters to building walls, fences, and in window displays. To announce when and where the performances would happen, local printers sometimes provided letterpress paper date strips to paste onto the posters' lower margin.

In the late nineteenth century, printers developed a lithograph method that produced brightly colored posters. In advance of a circus coming to town, general agents glued these eye-catching generic posters to building walls, fences, and in window displays. To announce when and where the performances would happen, local printers sometimes provided letterpress paper date strips to paste onto the posters' lower margin.

Artifact

Poster

Date Made

1896

Creators

Strobridge & Company Lith. 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Cincinnati 

Creator Notes

Printed by Strobridge & Co. Lith., Cincinnati, Ohio.

Collection Title

Poster Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

35.784.103

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Strobridge Lithographing Co.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Lithography

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 40.25 in

Width: 30.25 in

Inscriptions

Printed at top: THE / BARNUM & BAILEY / GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Printed on a banner at the bottom of the image: THIS SMILING FACE IS MULTIPLIED A MILLION TIMES A YEAR / WHERE, AS THE CHILDREN'S MIGHTIEST FRIEND THESE WONDROUS SHOWS APPEAR/ WITH SUNNY GLEAMS OF FAIRYLAND. WITH SCENES OF MERRIEST GLEE, / WITH CUTE AND CUNNING ANIMALS FROM EITHER SIDE OF THE SEA. Printed at bottom of poster: THE WORLD'S LARGEST, GRANDEST, BEST / AMUSEMENT INSTITUTION.

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