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Ringling 200 Years
- 28” x 40”
- C 1975
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- This poster was created circa 1972 to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of circus in America. For such occasion, the well-trained elephant of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is wearing a head piece announcing the all new show. The clown on its back is also waving his hand to attract the audience. Below the image is a banner left blank that the circus used to later print the date and location of their performance as they travelled around the country.Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, also known as the Ringling Bros. Circus, was an American traveling circus company that brought the audience their performances under the title of The Greatest Show On Earth. Ringling Brothers was the largest circuses in the late 19th and early 20th century formed by seven brothers of the Ringling family. They acquired America's other leading circus troupes, Barnum & Bailey, in 1907 and operated separately until 1919. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows was formed when P. T. Barnum and James Anthony Bailey was merged with the Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows. It and its predecessor shows ran from 1871 to 2017. In 1968, as the professional clowns got into their 50s, the circus established the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College to pass down the craft of clowns to the younger generation. Due to weakening attendance rate and high operating costs, the circus closed on May 21, 2017 after 146 years.This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.