Early 20th century circus posters conveyed the energy and absurdity of their grandiose performances. They’re packed with trained animals of all varieties, mustachioed performers and exotic reenactments. These posters showcase a masterclass in graphic design. They display movement, bold text, great contrast and layered perspective.
Some of the most compelling and stunning examples of circus posters came from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth.”
1915. “Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth.”
1900. “The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth. The marvelous foot-ball dogs.”
1896. “The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth The world’s largest, grandest, best amusement institution.”