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Object ID 001867

Object Name King Bros. Circus poster

Object Desc Color, print advertisement for King Bros Circus. Image of tent in background. Elephant at upper left and two clowns and left and right edges. At top is a bumpersticker, not related.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002038

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 9

Object Date 1970s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords advertising,signs,posters,circuses,King Bros. Circus,Floyd King,

Title King Bros. Circus poster

Description Color print advertisement for King Bros. Circus encased in plastic sheeting with black tape around edges. Cardboard backing. At top is a bumper sticker for First Tennessee which is unrelated. Print is CMYK process with visible dots. Poster has red circle at bottom with text "King / Bros. / Circus". In background is yellow tent. At left is elephant. At lower left corner is a clown. At right edge center is another clown. At top text reads "This Is the Big Show". Pin holes in each corner and at top and bottom corners from hanging.


Approx Collection Date

Height 22

Length 0

Width 14.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker King Bros. Circus

Maker Details See Notes.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2038



Date APR 1,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes The plastic sheeting, tape and bumper sticker are not original and should be removed. It seems that the bumper sticker is adhered to poster at left. Scratch in plastic sheeting at center with holes. Holes at bottom left corner in sheeting. Hole at top edge in sheeting. On sign, ink appears faded, but possible it is the printing technique. Holes in corners and at top and bottom edge at center. Cardboard on back has surface scratches.


Date APR 1,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 1,2014

Summary Location change

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

Date APR 17,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 9 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin



Date APR 1,2014

Notes In 1945, Floyd King bought Bud Anderson Circus and some of Clyde Beatty's trunk show. In 1946, he took the circus out at King Bros. Circus. In 1949, he partnered with Lucio Cristiani until 1954 when Arnold Maley took Cristiani's interest. In 1955, the circus was enlarged to 70 trucks, but this proved too large and in 1956 it was divided into two smaller shows. In 1961, Bob Snowden took over as manager of the show and it was acquired by Acme Circus Operating Corporation which also owned the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus and Sells & Gray. In 1966, James M. Cole became manager. Today the circus is still running.