Object ID 002274
Object Name American Show Print circus poster
Object Desc Large color print of a circus afixed to wood backing and enclosed in plastic. At top is piece of paper taped on for Ringling Bros.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY002130
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Room 7
Object Date 1915
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords Ringling Bros.,circuses,posters,signs,advertising,illustrations,lithographs,American Show Print Co.,Poster Artists Assn of America,
Title American Show Print circus poster
Description Large, rectangular color lithograph. Afixed to wood, possible masonite, backing and enclosed in plastic. Eyelet screws at top for hanging. Red painted tape along edges. Screw in bottom at center. Poster is on paper. On top edge there is a cut-out piece of another poster taped on with cellophane tape for "Ringling Bros" with photographic image of the 5 brothers at left. Along bottom of piece are graphics which indicate it was cut from another poster and not original. The poster has large illustration of a circus 'freak show'. Crowds in background. Clown on donkey at left. Man holding pig at center with policeman next to him. Man in top hat at center with a bellydancer, large woman and woman holding snakes. At lower left quadrant is makers mark.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure
Place of Origin
Date MAY 23,2014
Notes Enclosure is not archival, needs attention. Accretions along edges of both paper poster and plastic from tape. Cellophane tape along other piece of paper is yellowed. Creases horizontally from folding and storage. Tears in paper at center by man holding pig's head. Tear at lower left quadrant by his foot. Edges are yellowed. Overall, paper is wrinkled and creased. Tear at upper edge to right of left corner running vertically. Tears in plastic covering throughout.