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Hagenbeck-Wallace circus poster

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Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co. (Lithographer)

Circus and magic posters

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1907 - 1929 (Approximate)
Place: Erie [Penn.]
Publisher: Erie Litho.
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: MWEZ +++ 19777, no. 7
Funding: National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project.
Content: "Bombayo, the man from India, in the most astounding midair somersaulting exploits ever witnessed"--Bottom of poster.
Biographical/historical: The Carl Hagenbeck Circus, owned by John H. Havlin and Frank R. Tate, and the Great Wallace Circus, owned by Benjamin Wallace, John O. Talbott, and Jeremiah "Jerry" Mugivan, were combined as the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1907. It traveled, primarily in the midwestern United States, by rail, on 45 cars. Wallace operated the circus until 1913 when it was sold to Edward Ballard. Mugivan and Bert Bowers later took over the circus and ran it from 1919-1929. It afterwards became a Ringling Bros. subsidiary and last toured in 1938.
Content: Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923
Physical Description
Extent: 1 poster : col. ; 71 x 52 cm.
Poster advertisement for the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, featuring the aerialist Bombayo. Depicts an aerialist, presumably Bombayo, in mid-somersault, and a row of circus animals and performers, including four elephants with female dancers and male riders atop them, and light- and dark-skinned performers dressed in north African or Indian clothing.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14426836
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7d0507d0-c62c-012f-717c-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1907: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Hagenbeck-Wallace circus poster