Monday, February 11, 2019

26 Fantastic Vintage Circus Posters from the Late 19th Century

Around the joint of the 19th and 20th centuries, stage tricks were a mainstay of theater entertainment. To seduce the crowd there were posters, each fashioned with feverish, hallucinatory images of death, evil, the Beast, phantasmagoria and the darkest magic.

The occult was a big lure. The subconscious was pricked. Here, below is a collection of 27 attractive posters advertising the circus and magic performances in the Victorian era.




Female trapeze acrobats at circus, 1890


Funny scenes on bicycles and skates, poster for Barnum & Bailey, 1900



 Kellar and his servants, magician poster, 1894



 Kellar in the woods with demons, magician poster, 1900



Kellar the magician, performing arts poster, 1894



Kellar toasts the Devil, performing arts poster, 1899



Levitation 2, magician poster Kellar, 1894



Levitation 3, magician poster for Kellar, 1900



Levitation, magician poster Kellar, 1894



Louis Cyr, strongest man on earth, 1898



Marvelously trained sea lions & seals, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, 1899



Scenes in the grand water circus, poster for Barnum & Bailey, 1895



Self decapitation, magician poster for Kellar, 1897



Terrific flights over ponderous elephants, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, 1899


The great Coney Island water carnival, poster for Barnum & Bailey, 1898.



The great Coney Island water carnival, poster for Barnum & Bailey, 1898



The marvelous foot-ball dogs, poster for Barnum & Bailey, 1900



The Orfords, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, ca. 1897



The Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles - Sandow lifting the human dumbell, 1894



Troupe of very remarkable trained pigs, poster for Barnum & Bailey, 1898



Twenty funny felt-crowned fools, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, 1899



Wm. H. West's Big Minstrel Jubilee - The De Elmar Trio, vaudeville poster, 1900



Wondrous Wild Beasts, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, 1897



Zan Zig performing with rabbit and roses, magician poster, 1899



A congress of the great birds of the world, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, ca. 1898



Champion great danes from the Imperial kennels, poster for Forepaugh & Sells Brothers, ca. 1898





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