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Sells-Floto Circus poster

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Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1915 - 1930 (Approximate)
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: MWEZ +++ 2379
Funding: National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project.
Content: "'Poodles' Hanneford, premier riding clown"--Upper left, below cameo drawing of Hanneford ; "H.R.H. the Prince of Wales applauding the Prince of Clowns"--Lower left, below drawing of the Prince of Wales in a theater box ; "The Hannefords, the highest salaried circus act in the world"--Bottom of poster
Biographical/historical: Edwin "Poodles" Hanneford, a member of The Hannefords, a circus family dynasty that began in 1621, was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. The Hannefords first toured the United States in 1915, billed as the Hanneford Riding Troupe. Being an expert horseman, Poodles Hanneford became an equestrian clown known as 'The Riding Fool'. He toured with the Barnum & Bailey and the Barnum & Bailey Ringling Bros. circuses from 1915-1930. He also appeared on the New York Stage in Circus Princess, Happy Days (1919), and Jumbo (1935), and in the films The Golden Horde and The Circus Kid.
Biographical/historical: H. H. Tammen and F. G. Bonfils, owners of the Denver Post, operated a small circus called the Floto Dog & Pony Show. In 1906, they joined with Willie Sells to form the Sells-Floto Circus. When the Buffalo Bill Wild West and Pawnee Bill Far East Show went bankrupt in 1913, Tammen and Bonfils hired Buffalo Bill and toured from 1914-1915 as the Sells Floto-Buffalo Bill Circus. With Buffalo Bill's departure in 1916, they retitled the troupe the Sells-Floto Champion Shows, but in 1920 they sold it to the American Circus Corp. which operated it until 1929.
Content: Publisher's no.: S.F. 2023.
Content: Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923
Physical Description
Extent: 1 poster : col. ; 51 x 32 cm.
Advertising poster for the Sells-Floto Circus's appearance at the Hippodrome in New York City, featuring riding clown Poodles Hanneford. Drawing of the Hannefords, a family of equestrians, performing on horses in the ring of a large circus tent, a large audience seated in tiers in the background, the Prince of Wales and other officers applauding from the royal box. Poodles Hanneford is drawn twice, a cameo portrait in upper left and riding the rear end of a horse in poster center.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14326555
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 802df5f0-c62c-012f-6dbd-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1915: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Sells-Floto Circus poster" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1915 - 1930. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4edb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Sells-Floto Circus poster" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 21, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4edb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. (1915 - 1930). Sells-Floto Circus poster Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4edb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Sells-Floto Circus poster