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1886 Ad Antique Circus Performers Wanted Performing Dogs Trick Horses Acts YNY1

1886 Ad Antique Circus Performers Wanted Performing Dogs Trick Horses Acts YNY1

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This is an original 1886 black and white print ad of a notice for performers in all branches of the Circus profession including equestrian, acrobats, leapers, gymnasts, clowns, sideshow people, Punch & Judy performers, plus performing dogs, trick horses and "10 good, sober and reliable billposters". Wanted for the tenting season of '86 for the Great Eastern Circus and the 12-cage European Menagerie and Museum. Contact: Col. J. H. Wood, Rapid City, Dakota.


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

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.75 x 4.5 inches; 12 x 11 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.