44: Barnum & Bailey / Cleopatra. 1912
Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 29 x 38 3/4 in./73.8 x 98.4 cm Strobridge Litho, Cincinnati Promising 1,250 characters in the spectacle, this poster nearly manages to show all of them in a crowded design which includes eight scenes, two emblems, and a rare example of a cameo portrait which includes both founders. Three of the sections are devoted to the Cleopatra pageant, staged with great pomp. The top frieze is high unusual, not seen in other Barnum & Bailey posters -- a border of various circus elements dominated by an elephant's trunk.