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Object ID 001858

Object Name Seils-Sterling Circus poster

Object Desc Color print for Seils Sterling Circus. Image of circus ring at top with trapeze artists and woman riding on horse. At bottom are images of elephanes and lions.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002033

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 6

Object Date

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords advertising,signs,posters,Lindemann Brothers Circus,Riverside Print Co.,circuses,Seils-Sterling Circus,illustrations,

Title Seils-Sterling Circus poster

Description Color print for Seils-Sterling Circus. Paper is encased in plastic sheeting with black electrical tape around sides (not original). Background image at top is of a circus ring with trapeze artists and below is a clown at left and a woman on a horse at center. At center is text in red "Seils / Sterling / Circus". Below is image of four elephants posing. At bottom are a tiger, lion and bobcat. Text at bottom reads, "The Show of a Thousand Wonders" / Lindeman Brothers Owners / Milwaukee Riverside Print Co. Chicago 3352"


Approx Collection Date

Height 42

Length 0

Width 14.5

Depth 0

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Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Maker Riverside Print Company

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Image Caption CMY2033



Date MAR 27,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Needs attention. The poster is taped to a cardboard backing and encased in plastic which is not original. The plastic sheeting is taped on the back and is too tight. The stress has caused the bottom of the poster to curl. Overall, poster is worn. At top left corner there is another piece of paper taped to backing. Does not look like it fits with the poster display which is entact. Possible loss from another poster. Creases horizontally at center. Cellophane tape around edges of poster to attach it to backing. Holes in corner from hanging. Loss around edges. Minor fading. Black tape around exterior is loose and hanging off at top and along right side. On back paper backing is yellowed.


Date MAR 27,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 6 from Room 7 - automatic entry by admin



Date MAR 27,2014

Notes In 1918, Lindemann Brothers Circus gave its first performance in Sheboygan, WI at Center Ave and N. Water St. It was run by four Lindemann brothers: Al, Carl, Pete & Bill. Bill was the general manager and boss of the show. In 1924, the brothers felt that Lindemann was not a circus name so they adopted an eariler circus that was no longer operational "Sells" and added it to "Sterling". However the Ringling Bros purchased the Sells title so in 1925, the circus became the Seils-Serling Circus. The motorized shows stopped in 10 states over 29 weeks. Like many other circuses it was affected by the depression. The last performance by Seil-Sterling was in Iron Mountain, MI in July 1938.