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Object ID 001870

Object Name Cristiani Bros. Circus poster

Object Desc Print advertisement for Cristiani Bros. Circus. Red background with image of two sets of four horses with a man driving the teams, one in green the other at front in blue.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002040

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 16

Object Date

Start Year Range 1949

End Year Range 1960s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords circuses,posters,advertising,signs,Cristiani Bros. Circus,chariot racing,

Title Cristiani Bros. Circus poster

Description Color, print advertisement for Cristiani Bros. Circus. At top is yellow rectangle with text "Cristiani / Bros. Circus" Blue and white borders around entire poster. Red background with graphics. Image at front is of man in blue dress with team of four hourses. At background is man in green dress with four white horses. At lower left corner is circle with text "Giant / Safari / Parading / 12 noon". Poster is encased in plastic sheeting with black duct tape around edges. Holes in corners and at lower edge at center for display. Metal nail at lower edge and upper right corner. Back has two pieces of cardboard, one covers entire back, other is smaller and is centered.


Approx Collection Date

Height 22.5

Length 0

Width 29.25

Depth 0.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Cristiani Bros. Circus

Maker Details See Notes.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2040



Date APR 1,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Nails are stuck at upper right corner and lower edge at center because of tape adhesive. Piece is encased in plastic with tape that is not original or archival. Poster is yellowed with some fading of red ink. Crease vertically at center and horizontally at center and about 3" above and 3" below center. Cellophane tape at top edge center to cover a tear in paper. Overall, paper is wrinkled and creased. Holes most likely in corners corresponding to holes on exterior. Scratch at front just above center to left by center white horse.


Date APR 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 16 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin



Date APR 1,2014

Notes The Cristiani Family were equistrians dating back to the mid-19th century in Italy. In 1934, John Ringling North convinced the Cristiani family to move to the United States with their bareback riding act. For 12 weeks they performed with the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Baily Circus. The family had 10 siblings. In 1949, the parents, children and grandchildren, total of 26 people, formed the Cristiani Bros. Circus. In 1958, it was the 2nd largest circus in North America after Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Baily. In 1960, due to finances the show closed, but the Cristiani Family continued to perform.