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An original colored lithograph poster entitled, "The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show On Earth L'Institut De Divertissement Le Plus Grand Et Le Plus Magnifique Du Monde. Grand Congres De Curiosites Humaines Vivantes Et Etranges Caprices De La Nature." Printed by The Strobridge Litho. Co., Cincinnati and New York, USA. 1900. (See copyright at lower right below Sol Stone's chalkboard.) Printed in 4 very large sheets and backed with linen. A rare original antique poster for the Barnum & Bailey circus, featuring the circus' human curiosities - most of which are politically incorrect today, but anyone who appreciated last year's movie "The Greatest Showman" about P.T. Barnum may enjoy this piece! Take a look and you will see 22 feature acts that fascinated audiences worldwide at the turn of the 20th century! Size: 74.5" L x 28.5" W (189.2 cm x 72.4 cm)

Some of the featured acts depicted on this original poster in brilliant color and with equally colorful names include: Charles B. Tripp - the Armless Man; Jacques Morris - the Man with Elastic Skin; Signor Balaros - the King of Fire; the Fry Brothers - Playing the Marimbas; Mr. Tomasco - The Human Daredevil; Jeune Herman - the Strong Man; Billy Wells - the Man with the Indestructible Head; Frank and Annie Howard - the Tattooed Man and Woman; Sol Stone - the Human Calculator; Annie Jones - the Bearded Lady - and more.

Provenance: private, Amsterdam, Netherlands collection

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Paper shows some toning, creases, stains, and holes/marks at the corners from former attachment, but it is in remarkably good condition considering its age. A very rare piece of Barnum & Bailey memorabilia.

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Original French 19th C. Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000Dec 6, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA