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Exhibitions

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Hippos: A Truly Big Show!

When:
Jun 8, 2019 – Oct 7, 2019
Past Event
Special Exhibition
Free with Museum Admission
Contact:
Where:
Circus Museum

 

From the rivers of sub-Saharan Africa, hippos came to fill the menageries of circuses in Europe and America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  

Their massive size, gaping mouths, and giant tusks make them immediately recognizable and perfect icons of circus advertising. You will marvel at a selection of circus posters, spanning almost a century, featuring images of performing hippos and “blood sweating” behemoths.

Image: Erie Lithograph, circa 1928 Children’s Favorite Circus

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