Posted 6 years ago
This is an original Snyder Brothers Circus and Wild West stone lithograph from my private collection of Circus posters. Circa. 1920 printed by Riverside Printing Co. in Chicago.
This is actually what is called a "Stock Poster" meaning, the image displayed was used for various circuses including "Walter L. Main", the specific circus name would be printed on the tops of these posters but the poster image would be the same. What makes this poster so unique is the graphic and unusual detail of the Bengal tiger's faces, unparalleled to any other Circus poster during this time.
This poster has been in the family for decades and has just surfaced from one of our storage units. This is a prime example of what happens to antique posters if they are NOT professionally linen backed and stored properly, as a result there is missing paper on the top, around the edges, and 2 spots in the center of the poster. This poster has now been linen backed and is stored properly to preserve what is left of it.