[Devilish figures beating a drum]
Circus poster showing four winged imps (or little devils) playing a drum and dancing on it.
1771 U.S. Copyright Office
Inscribed with copyright registration information: "no. 1771. Entered and deposited June 14, 1870."
"Entered according to act of Congress, A.D. 1870, Warren, Johnson & Co., ... northern district of New York."
Title devised by Library staff.
Circus performers, shows, posters and lithographs. Modern travelling circus started in the early 1800s. Circus advertising used to draw crowds - there were only one or two performances per circus stop. Many ads were simple woodblock prints mentioning the name of the circus, the price of admission. Later, in the early 20th century, colorful, fanciful custom designs of leaping animals, clowns, and ringmasters became standard for circus posters.