For 146 years some of the most astounding and exciting acts in circus history have performed for circuses bearing the title of the Greatest Show on Earth. From P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome, first put on the road in 1871, through his partnership with James Bailey and the later combination of American’s two largest shows by the Ringling brothers, up to the contemporary shows produced by Feld Entertainment, the title has become synonymous with the highest quality of circus performance. This exhibition features original posters spanning the history of this singular brand, giving us another opportunity to marvel at a few of the amazing talents that have performed for the Greatest Show on Earth.
Image: Courier Co. Printing, Miss Jennie Watson with P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth, circa 1877, Howard Tibbals Collection