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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey combined shows circus poster

Image ID: g98f814

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey combined shows circus poster (1920)

Image Details

Image Title

:  Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey combined shows circus poster

Additional Name(s)

: Strobridge & Co. Lith. -- Lithographer

Created Date

: 1920

Specific Material Type

: Prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 poster : col. ; 118 x 105 cm.


: National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project. Note 2.) Advertising poster for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows. Note 3.) Depicts a clown, costumed mainly in red, seated on a drum and holding a small string puppet, surrounded by entranced children and, on poster's edge, two other clowns, smiling, peering from around the circus tent. Note 4.) In 1881 James E. Cooper sold his interest in the Cooper and Bailey circus to his partner James E. Bailey who then combined shows with P. T. Barnum. Bailey became controlling partner in 1888 when the show was renamed Barnum and Bailey. Sold to Ringling Brothers in 1907, it operated as a show through 1919 when the two were combined to form Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows. Note 5.) Posters & lobby cards Note 6.) R-B 2021 2 SH, Clown & children, Dec. 13, 1920--Stamped on verso. Note 7.) The children's favorite clown--Bottom. Note 8.) Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923


: Circus and magic posters


: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division

Catalog Call Number

: MWEZ +++ 19777, no. 2

Digital ID

: g98f814

Record ID

: 182371

Digital Item Published

: 7-28-2005; updated 3-25-2011

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