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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
 
12" x 15"
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Framed Join The Circus
Join The Circus
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33" x 28"
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Price: $280.99
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Framed Descente d'Absalon par Miss Stena, Circus Poster, 1890
Descente d'Absalon par Miss Stena, Circus Poster, 1890
 
22" x 26"
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Framed Poster advertising the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
Poster advertising the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
 
26" x 22"
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Framed Sells-Floto Circus
Sells-Floto Circus
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27" x 36"
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Framed Trapeze Artists in Circus
Trapeze Artists in Circus
 
15" x 12"
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Framed Nouveau Cirque Coco
Nouveau Cirque Coco
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Vintage Circus IV
Vintage Circus IV
by Grace Popp
18" x 22"
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Framed Vintage Circus I
Vintage Circus I
by Grace Popp
19" x 22"
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Framed Miraculous Melrosas
Miraculous Melrosas
 
29" x 22"
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Framed Vintage Circus III
Vintage Circus III
by Grace Popp
18" x 22"
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Framed 'The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth'
'The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth'
 
27" x 22"
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Framed Frank Robbins Circus
Frank Robbins Circus
by Vintage Apple Collection
31" x 23"
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Price: $236.99
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Framed Kilpatrick's Famous Ride
Kilpatrick's Famous Ride
 
12" x 15"
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Framed Poster for a Christmas pantomime of 'Blue Beard'
Poster for a Christmas pantomime of 'Blue Beard'
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Elephant Gray Barnum & Bailey
Elephant Gray Barnum & Bailey
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32" x 42"
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Framed Carre Circus Chimp
Carre Circus Chimp
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 41"
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Price: $350.99
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Framed Moscow Circus Ussr
Moscow Circus Ussr
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 43"
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Framed Circus 057
Circus 057
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32" x 44"
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Framed Circus Seals
Circus Seals
 
14" x 13"
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Framed Poster advertising the 'Cirque d'Hiver de Paris' featuring the Fratellini Clowns
Poster advertising the 'Cirque d'Hiver de Paris' featuring the Fratellini Clowns
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Water Carnival
Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Water Carnival
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles, Performing Arts Poster, 1894
Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles, Performing Arts Poster, 1894
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Thurston, Master Magician
Thurston, Master Magician
by Print Collection
42" x 30"
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Framed Miss Lietzel Barnum Bailey
Miss Lietzel Barnum Bailey
by Vintage Apple Collection
29" x 36"
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Framed Circus la Femme Melanite
Circus la Femme Melanite
by Vintage Apple Collection
44" x 32"
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Price: $370.99
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Framed Cirage Jacquot Archival
Cirage Jacquot Archival
by Vintage Apple Collection
32" x 42"
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Price: $355.99
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Framed Sells Brothers Sea Lion Circus
Sells Brothers Sea Lion Circus
 
12" x 15"
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Framed Sea Lion Catching Hats
Sea Lion Catching Hats
 
10" x 15"
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Framed Rossow Midgets, 1897
Rossow Midgets, 1897
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Poster of Alexander Crystal Seer
Poster of Alexander Crystal Seer
 
11" x 20"
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Framed Nouveau Cirque
Nouveau Cirque
 
29" x 38"
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Framed Floto Circus Presents M'lle Beeson, a marvelous high wire Venus, Performance Poster,1921
Floto Circus Presents M'lle Beeson, a marvelous high wire Venus, Performance Poster,1921
 
22" x 28"
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Framed Colossal Three Ring Circus
Colossal Three Ring Circus
 
29" x 21"
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Framed Downie Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus, 1935
Downie Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus, 1935
 
44" x 35"
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Framed Beatty Circus
Beatty Circus
by Vintage Apple Collection
29" x 37"
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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.