The latest exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum is right up my streets and celebrates the Amazing American Circus Poster. 80 posters are included, each a vibrant example of golden age of American circus culture (1878 to 1939).
Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company, which created all the posters in this exhibition, and became the leading printer for the major circuses of this time. The posters designed and printed by Strobridge were unrivaled for their quality, and contain a detailed portrait of the American circus in its “Golden Age,” when it flourished as a vital institution for cultural entertainment in this country.
The above video, produced by Antiques and the Arts Weekly, shares some of the best posters from the show. Amazing American Circus Poster runs to July 10, 2011.
More posters after the jump.