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Object ID 001962

Object Name Circus Williams poster

Object Desc Color print poster for Circus Williams. Poster is in Dutch. Large graphic of a hot air balloon with three clowns a lower left edge. Wrapped in plastic.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002066

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 8

Object Date 1960s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords signs,advertising,posters,circuses,Circus Williams,Gebel-Williams, Gunther,illustrations,

Title Circus Williams poster

Description Paper print poster for the Circus Williams. Wrapped in plastic sheeting with black tape around edges. Print has red background with white border. Graphic in background is hot air balloon at lower left edge are three clowns pointing toward balloon basket. Text at top "Williams / Der Internationale / Circus / Leuven / Mgr Ladeuzeplein" Below are dates and times of events. Text printed on side of basket "Voor / Slechts / 3 dagen". At bottom edge of print is green shape with text about princes and events. At lower right corner there is a stamp with word "Belgium" at top. Back has piece of cardboard with black tape.


Approx Collection Date

Height 20.5

Length 0

Width 14.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Circus Williams

Maker Details In 1946, Circus Williams was created by Harry and Carol Williams in Germany. Carol came from a circus family the Althoffs. They kept their winter quarters in Cologne, Germany. The circus had 80 horses and a menagerie with 5 elephants. After Harry died in a circus related accident Carol trained Gunther Gebel to run the circus. Gunther was a self-taught animal trainer.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2066



Date APR 11,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Plastic sheeting is not archival, and is putting stress on paper. Needs attention. Natils in upper left corner and lower right corner. Use caution when handling. Paper is yellowed on edges and has discoloration throughout. Colors are slightly faded. At center horizontal crease across. At right edge at center there is a hole with tearing in paper. At lower edge to left of center there is a hole in the paper. Paper is rippled at lower 1/2 of paper. Plastic is scratched, small holes throughout and worn. Dust accretions on exterior. Holes in four corners for hanging. ON back. Lower left corner is curled upward - stress from plastic sheeting. Masking tape pieces are brittle.


Date APR 11,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date APR 11,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 2 from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 17,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 8 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin



Date APR 11,2014

Notes Approximate translation from Dutch: Williams International Circus Leuven Mgr Ladeuzeplein From October 7 to October 9 Friday, October 7 until 8pm Saturday, October 8 at 8:15pm Sunday, October 9 at 8:15 pm For Only 3 days Presale every day from 9:30am to 9:00pm at the Circus Checkout Adult Price 30-100 fr - Children under 12 years 15-75fr Menagerie viewing daily from 9.30am to 7pm