Historic circus posters document the unique individuals whose talents were featured under the big top. Only headlining acts were considered important enough to have their own “paper.” A poster designed with a portrait and images of the individual’s acts was a financial investment reserved for the most notable of performers. Today these printed images document the likenesses and accomplishments of some of the most talented women to be seen with the American circus.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Howard and Janice Tibbals, the Howard Tibbals Collection, and the Howard Tibbals Endowment.
Image: ht2004497, Strobridge Lithographing Co., Barnum & London: Adelaide Cordona, 1881