Vintage Circus Posters and Ephemera

With the debut of the modern traveling circus in the early 1800s, circus posters became crucial tools for drawing crowds to what were only one or two performances per location. Many early circus advertisements were simple woodblock prints mentioning the name of the circus, the price of admission, and a few acts. Later, in the early 20th century, colorful, fanciful designs of leaping animals, laughing clowns, and gesturing ringmasters became...Continue Reading