Aerial acts are now considered among the most quintessential of circus acts, however the flying trapeze was not performed until 1859 when Frenchman Jules Lotard first flew from one suspended bar to another.
Tumbling & Twisting Talents Under the Big Top is an exhibition of posters and ephemera that illustrate some of the amazing ground acts featured with American circuses. The exhibition was on display from December 15, 2010 through April 11, 2011 in the Tibbals Learning Center.
The remarkable lithographs that inspired Howard Tibbals as he created The Howard Bros. Circus Model were featured in Now Appearing in the Howard Bros. Circus in the Poster Gallery of the Circus Museum's Tibbals Learning Center from September 18, 2012 to January 14, 2013.
During the early twentieth century, stars of the American circus were among the most idolized celebrities of the day. Their portraits and depictions of their marvelous feats of grace, agility, and bravery were used to sells tickets as circuses moved from town to town.
Wild West is an exhibition of original posters printed between 1890 and 1950 celebrating great Wild West shows from Buffalo Bill to the 101 Ranch.
In the circus world, there has been one and only one Flying Gaonas: the 1978 Clown d’Or-winning act in which, for 35 years, Tito Gaona caught flawless triple somersaults with extraordinary grace and astonishing consistency.
Born to circus royalty, recipient of the 1988 Clown d’Argent, and celebrated around the world as a “Star of the Center Ring,” Dolly Jacobs – as co-founder of Circus Sarasota – has dedicated her life to the celebration of her hometown’s circus heritage.
Featuring posters from the Tibbals Collection, this exhibition examines the life of a circus poster. Printed and posted to announce the coming of the circus, for some posters, a second life began after the circus left town.
Be the first to see the new Limited Edition Vintage Circus Poster Stamps. Enjoy Clowns, a Ringmaster, the Lion & Gladiator Wagon, plus hear the 100 year old Bell Wagon. This will be an event for all ages!
Ethnological congresses, menageries and side shows were among the attractions associated with the tented traveling circuses from their earliest days. An astounding group of lithographs illustrate the importance of such secondary attractions to the advertising of American traveling shows.