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Framed Miraculous Melrosas
Miraculous Melrosas
 
29" x 22" Frame
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Price: $238.99 
Framed Poster of Alexander Crystal Seer
Poster of Alexander Crystal Seer
 
12" x 20" Frame
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Price: $140.99 
Framed Vintage Circus I
Vintage Circus I
by Grace Popp
19" x 23" Frame
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Price: $177.49 
Framed Vintage Circus II
Vintage Circus II
by Grace Popp
19" x 23" Frame
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Price: $183.99 
Framed Vintage Circus III
Vintage Circus III
by Grace Popp
20" x 24" Frame
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Price: $186.99 
Framed Vintage Circus IV
Vintage Circus IV
by Grace Popp
19" x 23" Frame
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Price: $183.99 
Framed Female Acrobats on Trapezes at Circus
Female Acrobats on Trapezes at Circus
by Stocktrek Images
25" x 19" Frame
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Price: $188.99 
Framed Circus Grand Finale, circa 1872
Circus Grand Finale, circa 1872
by Stocktrek Images
25" x 19" Frame
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Price: $188.99 
Framed Snake Wagon, circa 1874
Snake Wagon, circa 1874
by Stocktrek Images
25" x 20" Frame
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Price: $190.99 
Framed Two Horse Act, circa 1874
Two Horse Act, circa 1874
by Stocktrek Images
25" x 20" Frame
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Price: $191.99 
Framed Lion Tamer in Cage with Lions and Tigers
Lion Tamer in Cage with Lions and Tigers
by Stocktrek Images
25" x 20" Frame
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Price: $191.99 
Framed Richards Bros. Wild Animal Shows, ca. 1925
Richards Bros. Wild Animal Shows, ca. 1925
 
44" x 26" Frame
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Price: $377.49 
Framed Downie Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus, 1935
Downie Bros. Big 3 Ring Circus, 1935
 
45" x 36" Frame
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Price: $552.99 
Framed Barnum & Bailey Performing Geese, Roosters and Musical Donkey
Barnum & Bailey Performing Geese, Roosters and Musical Donkey
 
21" x 29" Frame
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Price: $233.49 
Framed Kilpatrick's Famous Ride
Kilpatrick's Famous Ride
 
12" x 15" Frame
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Price: $111.99 
Framed Colossal Three Ring Circus
Colossal Three Ring Circus
 
29" x 22" Frame
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Price: $237.49 
Framed Forepaugh & Sells Brothers
Forepaugh & Sells Brothers
 
12" x 15" Frame
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Price: $131.99 
Framed Sea Lion Catching Hats
Sea Lion Catching Hats
 
10" x 15" Frame
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Price: $105.49 
Framed Circus Seals
Circus Seals
 
14" x 13" Frame
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Price: $127.99 
Framed Sells Brothers Sea Lion Circus
Sells Brothers Sea Lion Circus
 
12" x 15" Frame
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Price: $131.99 
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 29" Frame
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Price: $241.49 
Framed Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Water Carnival
Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Water Carnival
 
22" x 28" Frame
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Price: $239.99 
Framed Rossow Midgets, 1897
Rossow Midgets, 1897
 
22" x 29" Frame
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Price: $242.49 
Framed Trapeze Artists, Barnum & Bailey, 1896
Trapeze Artists, Barnum & Bailey, 1896
 
12" x 15" Frame
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Price: $132.99 
Framed Trapeze Artists 1899
Trapeze Artists 1899
 
16" x 13" Frame
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Price: $132.99 
Framed Trapeze Artists in Circus
Trapeze Artists in Circus
 
17" x 14" Frame
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Price: $140.99 
Framed Descente d'Absalon par Miss Stena, Circus Poster, 1890
Descente d'Absalon par Miss Stena, Circus Poster, 1890
 
23" x 26" Frame
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Price: $231.99 
Framed Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles, Performing Arts Poster, 1894
Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles, Performing Arts Poster, 1894
 
22" x 29" Frame
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Price: $238.99 
Framed War of Wealth
War of Wealth
 
16" x 28" Frame
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Price: $193.49 
Framed Great Birds of the World, Poster 1898
Great Birds of the World, Poster 1898
 
14" x 13" Frame
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Price: $127.99 
Framed Bertram Mills circus poster, 1922
Bertram Mills circus poster, 1922
by Dudley Hardy
21" x 28" Frame
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Price: $214.49 
Framed Poster for a Christmas pantomime of 'Blue Beard'
Poster for a Christmas pantomime of 'Blue Beard'
 
22" x 28" Frame
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Price: $219.99 
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" Frame
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Price: $221.49 
Framed Poster advertising the Cirque d'Ete in the Champs Elysees
Poster advertising the Cirque d'Ete in the Champs Elysees
 
22" x 28" Frame
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Price: $216.99 
Framed 'The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth'
'The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth'
 
27" x 22" Frame
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Price: $215.99 
Framed Poster advertising a psychic performance by the Davenport Brothers, 1865
Poster advertising a psychic performance by the Davenport Brothers, 1865
 
21" x 28" Frame
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Price: $214.49 
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Framed Vintage Circus Art

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!
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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