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Walter L. Main 3 ring trained wild animal shows circus poster

Image ID: g98f963

Walter L. Main 3 ring trained wild animal shows circus poster ([1890-1904])

Image Details

Image Title

:  Walter L. Main 3 ring trained wild animal shows circus poster

Additional Name(s)

: Riverside Print Co. -- Lithographer

Created Date

: [1890-1904]

Specific Material Type

: Prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 poster : col. ; 106 x 71 cm., on identically-sized linen backing.


: National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project. Note 2.) Depicts a large crowd of people watching seven aerialists performing tricks on the high wire, including picking up a hankerchief from the wire, males carrying female partners, a solo female aerialist, and a male jumping onto or over a table held by two circus attendants. Four aerialist carry large Chinese parasols. Note 3.) High wire artists--Upper right. Note 4.) Illustrated poster for the Walter L. Main circus shows. Note 5.) Introducing the most difficult and dangerous feats ever devised by human ingenuity--Lower right. Note 6.) National Show Co. Inc, Operators--Upper left corner. Note 7.) Posters & lobby cards Note 8.) Walter L. Main founded his circus in 1885 and, four years later, sold it to the Schribner and Smith Circus. In 1890 his next circus was a wagon show, converted later to rails which toured on 27 cars. He sold this circus in 1889 but by 1901 had another. By 1904 he ceased personally managing circuses but for the next three decades he leased his popular name to various managers, including Andrew Downie, 1918-1924, Floyd and Howard King, 1925-1928, and others from 1930-1937. Note 9.) 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 +++ 7483

Digital ID

: g98f963

Record ID

: 182372

Digital Item Published

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

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