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Object ID 001869

Object Name Circus Bartok poster

Object Desc Color, print advertisement for Circus Bartok. Image of clown at right with text along top and bottom. Background has various circus acts

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002039

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,Circus Bartok,Bartok Circus,Iron Curtain,

Title Circus Bartok poster

Description Color, print advertisement for Circus Bartok. At top is text on white background "Famous / Circus" Below in yellow rectangle is text "Bartok". Image at lower part is of circus with various acts going on: trapeze, tightrope, lions, plate spinning. At right at front is clown with black hat pointed toward the acts. At lower edge is text "Featuring Escapees From Behind the Iron Curtain". At right corner is text "America's Largest Circus in the Round". Poster is encased in plastic sheeting with black tape around edges. Back is cardboard. Pin holes in each corner and at top and bottom from display.


Approx Collection Date

Height 22.5

Length 0

Width 13

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Maker Circus Bartok

Maker Details See Notes

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Image Caption CMY2039



Date APR 1,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Plastic sheeting is worn and torn with holes exposing poster. Not original and should be removed. Hole in plastic just above center. Tape on exterior edge is yellowed. Poster has yellowing on left edge about 5" from corner. Holes in corners and at top and bottom edges which appear to go through poster. On back, accretions on cardbaord from tape. Scratches at upper right corner.


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 Circus Bartok gained the reputation of "Freedom Circus" because it employeed people who "escaped from behind the Iron Curtain". They were stationed in Sarasota, FL in the winter. The circus toured primarily the east coast of the United States. Circus Bartok was a European-type circus with one ring and acts that appear one at a time.,2768238