Saturday, February 13, 2010

Vintage Circus Posters



Some of my very favourite vintage prints are old circus and sideshow posters. They are nearly always colourful, exciting, fun, and contain a legion of weird,wonderful & talented characters.

Our collection covers a wide and eclectic variety of these posters - from the regular fare of high-wire & trapeze artists, animal acts, clowns, jugglers, strongmen, and tattooed ladies, to those mysterious beings - the bearded lady, two-headed woman, dancing prawns, and the lion-man.
The posters are a step back into a time of wonder that no longer exists. Although they are very often far from p.c, they give us a taste of the curiosity for the unknown, when science was young and anything was possible. I love them for the sense of mystery, naivety and the marvelous that they conjure up in us even now.


Below, a small selection of our more popular Vintage Circus Posters




Nouveau Cirque. 1889




Wellando's Dressed Dogs & Cats.1913




Mlle Marjutti. The lissom lady.1909




Human or Machine? 1922




The Clever Cats. 1888




Barnes Quality Circus of the World. 1930s





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Also, see more in our other vintage 'Circus' & 'Sideshow' posts




1 comment:

Bucca said...

Oh these are wonderful! I recently read 'Water for elephants' and this brought back memories of that book!

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