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Framed Vintage Circus Posters

The sights and sounds of the circus are in and of themselves great works of art. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the bold colors, dizzying feats, supernatural prowess, and appeal to whimsical fantasy that define circus entertainment would translate so well as pieces of art when framed vintage circus posters are put on display. What once were advertisements seeking to draw crowds to a vacation for the senses become fun, stylized pieces of decor and aesthetic appreciation when revisited as works of art.

One of the most famous circus acts of all time, the travelling partnership of Barnum and Bailey, yields framed vintage circus posters from as far back as 1896. “Trapeze Artists, Barnum and Bailey, 1896” showcases one of their signature features, the death-defying artistry of trapeze gymnasts, in a colorful banner that proclaims their circus the “world’s largest, grandest, best entertainment institution.” Whether true or not, it certainly looks convincing!
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Framed Trapeze Artists, Barnum & Bailey, 1896
Trapeze Artists, Barnum & Bailey, 1896
 
13" x 15"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $107.99
Sale: $53.99
Framed Descente d'Absalon par Miss Stena, Circus Poster, 1890
Descente d'Absalon par Miss Stena, Circus Poster, 1890
 
23" x 26"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $202.99
Sale: $101.49
Framed Poster advertising the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
Poster advertising the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
 
27" x 22"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $178.99
Sale: $89.49
Framed Join The Circus
Join The Circus
by Color Bakery
33" x 29"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $266.99
Sale: $133.49
Framed Trapeze Artists in Circus
Trapeze Artists in Circus
 
15" x 12"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $104.99
Sale: $52.49
Framed Nouveau Cirque Coco
Nouveau Cirque Coco
 
22" x 29"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $212.99
Sale: $106.49
Framed Kilpatrick's Famous Ride
Kilpatrick's Famous Ride
 
12" x 15"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $104.99
Sale: $52.49
Framed Circus Seals
Circus Seals
 
14" x 13"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $106.99
Sale: $53.49
Framed Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles, Performing Arts Poster, 1894
Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles, Performing Arts Poster, 1894
 
22" x 29"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $209.99
Sale: $104.99
Framed Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Water Carnival
Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Water Carnival
 
23" x 28"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $211.99
Sale: $105.99
Framed Miraculous Melrosas
Miraculous Melrosas
 
29" x 22"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $209.99
Sale: $104.99
Framed Vintage Circus I
Vintage Circus I
by Grace Popp
19" x 23"
 
Price: $149.99
Sale: $74.99
Framed Vintage Circus III
Vintage Circus III
by Grace Popp
19" x 23"
 
Price: $149.99
Sale: $74.99
Framed Vintage Circus IV
Vintage Circus IV
by Grace Popp
19" x 23"
 
Price: $149.99
Sale: $74.99
Framed 'The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth'
'The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth'
 
27" x 22"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $179.99
Sale: $89.99
Framed Moscow Circus Ussr
Moscow Circus Ussr
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 43"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $350.99
Sale: $175.49
Framed Frank Robbins Circus
Frank Robbins Circus
by Vintage Apple Collection
31" x 23"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $224.99
Sale: $112.49
Framed Poster for a Christmas pantomime of 'Blue Beard'
Poster for a Christmas pantomime of 'Blue Beard'
 
22" x 28"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $183.99
Sale: $91.99
Framed Thurston, Master Magician
Thurston, Master Magician
by Print Collection
42" x 30"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $333.99
Sale: $166.99
Framed Sells-Floto Circus
Sells-Floto Circus
by Vintage Apple Collection
28" x 36"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $282.99
Sale: $141.49
Framed Elephant Gray Barnum & Bailey
Elephant Gray Barnum & Bailey
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 42"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $336.99
Sale: $168.49
Framed Circus la Femme Melanite
Circus la Femme Melanite
by Vintage Apple Collection
44" x 32"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $351.99
Sale: $175.99
Framed Circus 057
Circus 057
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 44"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $349.99
Sale: $174.99
Framed Carre Circus Chimp
Carre Circus Chimp
by Vintage Apple Collection
30" x 39"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $319.99
Sale: $159.99
Framed Colossal Three Ring Circus
Colossal Three Ring Circus
 
29" x 22"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $208.99
Sale: $104.49
Framed Sells Brothers Sea Lion Circus
Sells Brothers Sea Lion Circus
 
12" x 15"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $105.99
Sale: $52.99
Framed Sea Lion Catching Hats
Sea Lion Catching Hats
 
10" x 15"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $96.99
Sale: $48.49
Framed Poster of Alexander Crystal Seer
Poster of Alexander Crystal Seer
 
12" x 20"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $114.99
Sale: $57.49
Framed Bertram Mills circus poster, 1922
Bertram Mills circus poster, 1922
by Dudley Hardy
21" x 28"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $177.99
Sale: $88.99
Framed Downie Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus, 1935
Downie Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus, 1935
 
44" x 35"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $388.99
Sale: $194.49
Framed Richards Bros. Wild Animal Shows, ca. 1925
Richards Bros. Wild Animal Shows, ca. 1925
 
44" x 26"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $305.99
Sale: $152.99
Framed Older's Museum, Circus & Menagerie
Older's Museum, Circus & Menagerie
by Print Collection
44" x 36"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $394.99
Sale: $197.49
Framed Flying Visit by Servais Le Roy
Flying Visit by Servais Le Roy
by Print Collection
32" x 47"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $379.99
Sale: $189.99
Framed Tightrope Walkers French
Tightrope Walkers French
by Vintage Apple Collection
44" x 36"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $393.99
Sale: $196.99
Framed Seven Acrobats
Seven Acrobats
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 45"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $355.99
Sale: $177.99
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Framed Vintage Circus Art

Another captivating framed vintage circus poster features an iconic and mysterious figure known as Alexander the Crystal Seer, a vaudeville magician who made the rounds with circuses frequently and dazzled crowds with his apparent abilities of divination. His gaunt visage hovers intriguingly over a dark background, gazing out over his crystal ball and inviting the viewer to look inside—if they dare.

Not only popular in their own right, circuses became a popular subject of media in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. A particularly memorable film by the Marx brothers entitled “At the Circus” yielded an equally memorable poster, with cartoonish renderings of the famed comic trio peeping over a colorful ad with a circus strongwoman and bold, “big top” inspired print.
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