P.T.Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth & The Great London Circus: Zazel, The Beautiful Human Cannon Ball, 1882, color lithograph poster. Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of the Strobridge Lithographing Company 1965.686:19
Organized by Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Kristin Spangenberg, The Amazing American Circus Poster features 80 circus posters created between 1878 and 1939, along with materials related to circus advertising.
Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company, which created all the posters in this exhibition, and became the leading printer for the major circuses of this time. The posters designed and printed by Strobridge were unrivaled for their quality, and contain a detailed portrait of the American circus in its “Golden Age,” when it flourished as a vital institution for cultural entertainment in this country.
This exhibition will travel to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
Cincinnati Art Museum 26.02.2011 - 10.07.2011