1886 Ad Dime Museum Toledo 98 Summit St. Entertainment Freaks Curiosities YNY1


This is an original 1886 black and white print ad for a Dime Museum to open in Toledo, Ohio on February 1, 1886. Wanted: Living Curiosities, Illusions, Mechanical Novelties, Marvels and Freaks. Stage People and Novelty Artists for Hourly Entertainments with neat and genteel acts suitable for lady audiences. Contact: W. S. Pennell, Dime Museum, 98 Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio.


This 128+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 2.25 x 1.75 inches; 6 x 4 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Vaudeville acts, minstrel shows, dime museums, freak shows, and the circus were all popular forms of entertainment during the late 19th and early 20th century America. And no newspaper covered the famous acts and entertainments of the day better than the weekly New York Clipper. Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of original circus and theatrical advertisements from the Clipper 1886-1887. This historical collection will be of interest to collectors of circus memorabilia and other popular American show business acts.

Keywords specific to this image: Antique Advertising, Theatrical Advertising