Barnum And Bailey Circus by The Vintage Collection


Barnum And Bailey Circus


The Vintage Collection

Ref GM538
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 20" (40 x 50 cm)
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The ‘Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’, a successful American Circus Company, was founded in 1919 but prior to this it underwent various name alterations as owners and investors changed. In 1881 James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum combined their shows to create the ‘Barnum and Bailey Circus’. Jumbo, publicised as the largest elephant in the world, became one of the key attractions of the ‘Barnum & Bailey Circus’ and helped to draw in large crowds to see the show. It was the first circus to travel by railroad across America and on occasions low-fare trains were organised from New England and New York to ensure that the public could travel to see the amazing sights in “The Greatest Show on Earth”. The Ringling Brothers started their own circus, ‘Ringling Brothers Circus’, and by 1887 it had gained a fantastic reputation. After the death of Barnum, Bailey continued to run the Barnum & Bailey Circus however when he died in 1907 the Ringling Brothers purchased the circus from his widow. They eventually merged to form the ‘Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ and the first performance was in New York on 19th March 1919. This is a fantastic striking poster which publicised the imminent arrival of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and drew large crowds to see “The Greatest Show on Earth”.