Circus Poster, Barnum and Bailey Present "Marvelous Performances of the Troupe of Trained Cats and Pigs," circa 1895

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

circa 1895

Subject Date

circa 1895

Creators

Strobridge & Co. 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

35.784.119

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

Circus poster printed at top: THE BARNUM & BAILEY GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Printed at bottom: Most Wonderful Addition to the CHILDREN'S CIRCUS. An Exact Illustration of the Marvelous Performances / of the Troupe of Trained Cats and Pigs, / Whose Clever and Remarkable Acts Amaze and Astound All Beholders. Actually Executing / A Succession of Hitherto Imagined Impossible Feats. / THE WORLD'S GRANDEST, LARGEST, BEST, AMUSEMENT INSTITUTION Inscribed lower right: THE STROBRIDGE -LITH-CO- Cin'ti, NY London. Printed upper right in image: B-No.52

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