The Circus Poster Collection : Barnum in the late 1800s
Whimsical Walker - funniest clown in the world
Scope & Content:
A large, oval-shaped portrait of a man with clown make up, painted white face, ruffled collar, and red triangles above his eyes, appears at the center. Vignettes depicting the clown in a variety of colorful costumes performing tricks while standing on donkey back or a large box surround his portrait. Text indicates that the performer recently came from Hengler's circus in Europe and that his "droll antics" and "rich fund of oddities" are new to audiences

This poster is one of many fine examples of circus posters printed by the Strobridge Lithograph Company of Cincinnati in the early 1880s when American entrepreneur and cultural icon P.T. Barnum first negotiated the merger of his circus to form "P.T. Barnum's and Great London Combined."
Extent of Description:
ca. 24 1/2" x 31"
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