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"409-Z / OLD MILWAUKEE DAYS - JULY 1 - 4 / SCHLITZ CIRCUS PARADE" featuring horse-drawn parade wagons, shown in vertical format, coming towards the viewer, as seen from a high vantage point; unused early chrome post card, uneven but light toning on back. $3.50 cwph
"Baraboo, Wis. The / Circus Town" art depicting some circus wagons (including Colmar Bros. Circus) under a tent, on well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1962 at Novelty Missouri. $2.50 cw
"Baraboo, Wis. The / circus town" art depicts some circus wagons out-of-doors, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1962 at Mayview Missouri. $2.50 cw
"Bertha / and / Tina" performing elephants with 2 handlers at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada, unused chrome postcard from Mike Roberts Color Production, fresh appearance. Nugget Casino postcards are modern classics. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cen
"Cage Wagon built from old Ringling-Barnum No. 110 / Light Plant, part of exhibit depicting Cavalcade of / Open Dens featured in old time circus parades... / ...Sarasota, / Florida" showing stuffed lion & tiger inside, unused chrome post card from Dukane Press Inc., good edges. $2.25 cf+
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"CHRISTY BROS / ASIA" showing a parade wagon on exhibit at the Circus World Museum at Baraboo Wisconsin, unused chrome post card with good edges, fairly fresh. $1.75 cpm
"Circus Days © Jill Freedman 1988" showing a partly made-up clown emerging from a tent, unused continental real photo post card. $2.50
"Circus oldest clown / now plays the carillon" well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1964 from Macon Georgia. Striking image with the clown juxtaposed with two large & bare-breasted ornamental figures. $2.50 c
"Clarence McClain / we roomed together / at Chester Park / Winton Place / in 1895 / He later was with / Emory - Schaeffer & McClain" showing a bemedaled bicycle trickster in 8 different poses & a close-up, cabinet photograph approximately 4" x 7" over the embossed photograper's imprint 'Krieg / No 112 W.5 st. / CINCINNATI, OHIO', serrated edges as was common, light toning. The photographer is J. W. Krieg, whose studio there was from 1895 - 1902. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 bcgpo
Clear AU 10 1933 Columbus Ohio machine cancel ties damaged-in-opening 3¢ Washington stamp franking #10 envelope conveying 4 full-page letter on 2 illustrated letterheads from M. Mae Palmer to her husband A. T. Palmer (proprietors of the Maeland Stock Farm in Dublin Ohio) as he travelled with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, next-day arrival marked by light violet double-ring Martinsburg WV hand cancel on back. These people trained and boarded horses & harnesses suitable for heavy circus work. Aside from personal remarks, the lady recounts in detail a fascinating & amusing bargaining session where a prospective customer tried to buy or rent "the tallyho" and harness for four. Their business did not last long, evidently succumbing during the Depression. We found no mention of their business at all when we searched the Internet. $19.00 o-ch
"COLE BROS. CIRCUS / AMERICA / 72" showing a parade wagon on exhibit at the Circus World Museum at Baraboo Wisconsin, unused chrome post card with good edges, fairly fresh. $1.75 cpm
"COLUMBIA BAND WAGON" showing a side view of the massive circus parade wagon, unused postcard. Special back design includes a detailed history (1897 to 1950) of its use & the centennial imprint of the H. H. Bennett photography studio (which made the Wisconsin Dells famous). $3.00 cwp
DEALER'S STOCK OF 30 CIRCUS POST
All different, regular size postcards. All but one unused, just a few with minor faults, mostly from the 1970's (judging by copyright dates & the one postmark). Good variety of subjects: animal training, flying Gaonas, Gargantua the gorilla, lions, horsemanship acts, parading elephants, gaudy wagons, posters, clowns, etc. Most would retail in the $2.00 to $3.00 price range. You can't go wrong at our $41.00 wholesale price, postpaid to the US. Shipments to other countries $47.00 cw
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“Exposition FERNAND LEGER / Grand Palais – Paris / Octobre 1971 – Janvier 1972 / Le cirque (1918)” unused continental postcard, copyrighted, minor corner wear. $1.25 a(l)c
"GOLDEN BROTHERS SHOWS" showing a parade wagon on exhibit at the Circus World Museum at Baraboo Wisconsin, unused chrome post card with goo edges, fairly fresh. $1.75 cpm
"GUNTHER GEBEL-WILLIAMS -- The world's most / versatile animal trainer puts 20 elephants / through their paces using his voice alone in the / Red Company of The Greatest Show on Earth" standing on one leg atop an elephant's head, unused postcard, 1973 copyright. $3.00 cfe
"HEY MAW! THERE'S / A FELLER OUT HERE FROM / THE CIRCUS... WANTS / TO TAKE A LOOK / ATCHA // C48!" cartoon art from Bob Petley depicts sideshow representative outside a hillbilly shack with a three-cup brassier hanging on the clothes line, postcard mailed 1953, faint album impressions at the corners. The artist is Petley. $2.00 cla(p)
"HIGHWIRE HI-JINKS -- Pio Nock, Switzerland's / celebrated, internationally famous clown, blithely / bicycles above a copious cage full of carnivorous / killers in RINGLING BROS. & BARNUM & / BAILEY CIRCUS" unused post card, 1973 copyright, trivial wear at 2 corners. $3.00 cbs
International Gymnast magazine, November 2005. Tomita, Jana Bieger, Sean Golden, etc. Attached Cirque du Soleil poster calendar for 2006. Gently read, poster in great shape! $8.50 i,cpc
"Just a line from / A TENDER FOOT / in McPherson, Kansas" unusual hand-colored / tinted leather postcard with a foot on the front and a large clown pointing out the address on the back, mailed 1905, holed neatly (for a pillow we suppose), light writing on front, and surprisingly fresh both sides. $7.00 clk
"KINGDOM OF HORSES -- The world's largest, / most magnificent collection of horses ... / RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY / CIRCUS!" with an action scene in which a liberty horse jumps high to avoid his trainers outstretched whip, circa 1973 postcard, unused, just a touch of toning on the back, good edges. $2.50 ch
"LADY OF LAUGHTER -- Peggy Williams is one of / the Frolicking Female Funsters featured in / RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY / CIRCUS" showing the female clown in vertical format, wearing a Germanic costume suggestive of the opera; unused circa 1973 postcard, tiny bottom corner crease. International Clown Hall of Fame inductee. $3.00 c
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"LEAPING LION! -- The jungle's mightiest / animals meet their match in the fearless act of / the Lord of the Lions, Wolfgang Holzmair ..." close-up of a female lion walking over his outstretched body, unused postcard, 1973 copyright, trivial edge wear. $2.75 ca
"Main Street Russia O. Thomas" in Shelby County Ohio, including an auto, signs at the left (Sun Brother's World's Progressive Shows Monday Sept., honest scrap, ...); unused sepia-tone Cyko real photo post card, minor corner rounding, oxidation consistent with age. Sun Brother's was a 3-ring circus with elephants having active routes for daily shows 1911-1913 which helps to date this image. This type of advertising in small towns was a common way to publicize one-day circus shows in nearby communities, but the one-day nature of the corresponding events meant that most were soon plastered over with other notices. So its is a treat to actually see such a poster on a real photo postcard. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(r)cm
Mainzer comic cat 4708, Turkish printing (!), art showing fanciful dog & cat balancing act in a carnival setting, both sides fresh & appealing, exceptionally colorful postcard, copyrighted. Seldom seen. $5.00 cm
"Margaret Ann Robinson / The World's Smallest Lady / PHOTO ©1935" postcard with her dimensions hand-printed on back--18 inches high, 18 years old, 16 pounds; light toning both sides, minor corner wear. Later on March 14 1936 she appeared at the Lewiston (Maine) Shrine Circus and her dimensions were given as 21 inches tall, 18 years old & 18 pounds, so she was still growing! Also appeared at the 1934 Century of Progress expo & with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The card is not autographed but still shows a true reproduction of her signature in the image, that would be useful in authenticating an autograph. SOLD cmeas
"MID-AIR MARVEL -- The electrifying Elvin Bale / performs fantastic feats on the swinging trapeze / in the Red Unit of RINGLING BROS. AND / BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS" with an action shot looking upward at him swinging by his feet, unused postcard dating to 1973. $3.00 c
"MONSTER AIRSHIP COMING! / 'FLYING' DAILY WITH AL. F. WHEELER'S SHOW // PROF. PERRIOTT, / WITH THIS AIRSHIP / 'SKYSCRAPER' / POSITIVELY APPEARING IN HIS DARING / DASHING FLIGHTS AT EVERY PERFORMANCE" unused Azo real photo (triangles up) postcard with trivial corner & edge wear. The image is a real photo of a wavy circus publicity poster on which an unidentified man's image (Wheeler? or Perriott?) image has been superimposed photographically so as to advertize by postcard as well. The Circus Historical Society finds mention of a 12-week run of such shows in the New York Clipper: 7/2/10, pp. 505 & 512; and 7/16/10 p. 559. The flights were to attract a crowd to the ticket wagons selling access to the 2-ring circus. A rare image of a rare poster that cannot now be found anywhere other than on this postcard. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)pc
"MOTORCYCLE DAREDEVILTRY -- The Vickels / defy gravity as they perform breathtaking stunts / on the stratocycle precariously perched on a wire / high above the arena at The Greatest Show on Earth, unused post card, 1973 copyright. Great action in vertical format, including a lady performing on a trapeze suspended from the motorcycle. $3.50 cm
"Mr. Arthur West and his Kindergarden Class / at Gay's Lion Farm / El Monte, Calif." with 7 young lions perched on stairs & a stool, unused DOPS real photo postcard, good edges, necessarily 1942 or earlier. Note the tilted composition, which is telling: the photographer was inside the enclosure & understandably nervous; he took the shot quickly & made a hasty retreat! In the circus, the feat shown was duplicated with 7 full-grown lions. Rare. When we searched the Internet, no one was offering it & no one was even bragging about having sold it. All we could find were people exhibiting it as one of their prized possessions. $14.00 cc(e)agp
"No. 3-29 / CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM / Baraboo, Wisconsin" showing lithographed posters from one of their displays (including prominently 'GARGANTUA ... the largest gorilla ever exhibited'), unused post card with good edges. $3.00 cpmwa
"Photo / 'Wallendas' / Feet-to-Shoulders / on chair / Ringling Circus 1934" Kodak real photo postcard with caption taken from writing on back, a couple dealer erasure marks on back. In those early days there were only 4 Wallendas. They were the only ones that could perform these dangerous feats, and they were indeed with Ringling in 1934. So the captioning on back checks out. Now consider the photography for a moment: no-blur action photo of a strongly backlit subject. Quite simply the best circus postcard we have ever seen. Probably one of a kind. We could find nothing like it on the internet. $65.000 cfgub
"PROFESSOR GEORGE J. KELLER'S JUNGLE KILLERS / George J. Keller, a former college professor turned wild- / animal trainer, demonstrates for the first time the unarmed / subjugation of a group of African lions, tigers,..." unused chrome post card from Disneyland at Anaheim California, copyright 1955 (opening day was July 17 1955 so they can't get much earlier!), several small surface indentations most easily seen from the back, corner & edge wear, small corner crease, as is. $10.00 ccd
"RB-3 PERFORMING ELEPHANT AT RINGLING BROS. / WINTER QUARTERS, SARASOTA, FLA." showing an elephant holding a man horizontally in its mouth while walking, linen postcard from Hartman Litho Sales Co., mailed 1953, creasing at one corner & wear at the others. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cef!
"Ready for Circus Parade" showing two clowns with dressed dog in top hat next to a Barnum & Bailey Show truck, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1963 from Pennsylvania. $2.50 c
"RENOWNED RINGMASTER -- The voice of / Ringmaster Harold Ronk entertains and informs / ... / Greatest Show on Earth" shown close-up with microphone in hand, unused circa-1973 postcard. Known for singing 'Welcome to the Circus' in a stentorian voice to millions, he passed in 2006. $3.00 cgm
RINGLING BROS.-BARNUM &
Collection of 15 different unused postcards issued by that circus in regular size, all bearing 1973 copyrights. Included: 5-man tower on teeterboard, Charly Baumann with tiger, Cossack riding, elephant parade, Elvin Bale on swinging trapeze, equestrian acts (2 different), lion near tamer, Mexico's flying Gaonas on trapeze, parades (2 different), ringmaster Harold Ronk, Rudi Lenz chimps, Swiss clown Pio Nock & Wolfgang Holzmair with lion.
Edges are good. Some backs are toned. Ready to be framed together for a wonderful gift. $25.00 gets them all! ***
"S1050 / LIBERTY HORSE. Painting by Ray Wolf." with signed art dated 1947 showing the tasseled head of a circus horse, postcard issued circa 1952, unused, good edges. A liberty horse circles its trainer in the ring, obedient to his commands (and whip). $3.75 ch
"S1053 / FELIX AND HONEY. Painting by Ray Wolf. The King of Clowns / Felix Adler ... with his trained little piggie that / likes to drink milk." unused postcard with wonderful signed art, circa 1947 - 1952, trivial corner wear, otherwise fresh. Frank Bartlet Adler performed with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey for 28 years & was subsequently inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame. $3.50 cpg
"S1055 / BUTTONS the CLOWN. Painting by Ray Wolf. As played by / Jimmie Stewart in the Greatest Show on Earth and produced by / Cecil DeMille" shown seated with a long-haired dog, unused circa 1952 postcard. Wonderful signed art. $4.00 cm
"S-36--Elephant and Clown at Ringling Bros. / and Barnum & Bailey Winter Quarters, Sarasota, Fla." unused circa-1946 linen post card, trivial wear at one bottom corner. $3.00 cfe
"S-51--Famous John Ringling Mansion, / Sarasota Florida" unused linen postcard with minor wear to its top corners. $2.25 cf
"SEA LION AT MICROPHONE / Marineland of the Pacific" unused chrome post card made by H. S. Crocker Co., fresh appearance & good edges, unusual subject matter. $2.00 c*
"SKETCH OF HIS LIFE / MAJOR CHAS. GANTZ, 'The Won / -der,' who is without doubt the small- / est person on earth, was born Aug. / 27, 1865, on a farm near Fairfield, / Ia...." next to a sepia-tone image of him seated, postcard mailed 1907 to Indiana, album marks at corners, 2 corner creases, exceptionally detailed. This Fairfield Iowa resident was unusual in that he owned & managed his own shows while on exhibition, rather than being exploited by others. Message on the back, from someone who had seen him at a fair, reports him to be 18 inches tall & very jolly. $26.00 cig*+*
"The BEECH-NUT CIRCUS / 'Biggest little show on earth' / Contains 3 rings, a stage and a moving parade / ... / ...Miami, 1938" unused black & white showing a large tent-shaped structure with flags, unused, minor edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cf!
"The CIRCUS HALL OF FAME presents live, profes- / sional circus acts daily in the indoor arena. This / popular West Coast Attraction is located on U.S. / Highway 41 North, in Sarasota, Florida" You read right --Sarasota, not Peru Indiana. This unused chrome post card shows a chimpanzee act in progress at the first Circus Hall of Fame, which survived only from 1956 to 1977. $7.50 cf(s)r
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"The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts / Columbus, Ohio / Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935) / The Circus (1917)" with art depicting a male & female acrobat, unused chrome postcard, fairly fresh with good edges. $1.25 cm
"THE CONTORTIONIST / Photo: Hulton Picture Co." showing a woman contortionist standing on her hands, unused continental real photo postcard. $3.00
"THE FIRST TIME IN CIRCUS HISTORY -- RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY'S / teeterboard artists perform a truly incredible / feat, a FIVE-MAN HIGH 29-foot tower" unused post card, 1973 copyright. $3.50 c
"THE TWO HEMISPHERES BANDWAGON ON DIS- / PLAY AT THE CIRCUS HALL OF FAME IN SARA- / SOTA, FLORIDA. It is the largest circus wagon / ever built and was featured in every Barnum & Bailey street parade from 1902 to 1918." postcard mailed 1964, two corners creased (one is small) both into nothing important. Shows a side view at the first Circus Hall of Fame, which survived only from 1956 to 1977. $6.00 cfps
Uncaptioned art showing a gypsy girl with tambourine & strongman raising barbell & clowns & dancing dog, Indian with shield etc.; postcard mailed 1907 in Lincoln North Carolina, writing on front in sky, noticeable corner & edge wear, toned back. $6.50 c
Uncaptioned Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard showing a building with much readable local signage: 'BRASK PHOTOGRAPHER / WINFIELD KANSAS', 'WILD WEST FAIR WINFIELD KANSAS' over large harness racing picture, 'Hagenbeck-Wallace Shows / TUES JUL 18' (which dates to 1911), 'Chew JT Plug Tobacco' & the Great Wallace Shows ... 3 Ring Circus'. Back & front sky with uneven spotty toning, shallow tiny surface scrapes on top of leftmost buggy, minor corner wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. k(w)c
Uncaptioned circa-1916-17 Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with excellent focus (allowing our identifications) showing a Westcott Six automobile & Wagon 14 in a Carl Hagenbeck Circus parade passing 2 mounted police, minor corner wear, light spotty toning on back from handling. Superlative slogan 'The Greatest American Circus' is on the wagon. Possibly unique: no photographer or publisher credit, no caption. $30.00 csp
Uncaptioned real photo post card showing the sternwheeler Ben Hur underway with passengers on the Ohio River, unused Cyko real photo postcard from Fischer's Studio in Marietta, pleasing focus & contrast. We are told that she was once contracted (in 1887) to move the John Anderson Circus to river cities! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(o)cs(r)
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a Wells Fargo horse-drawn wagon with a load of Crescent Macaroni & Cracker Company barrels in front of a business showing '108. / Barr & ...' in its partially obscured signage, large Ringling Brothers circus advertising their stop in Davenport Iowa on Monday July 18 1910 (their circuit comprised entirely of one-day shows then), mailed JUL 21 1910 to Miss Berta Miller in Dayton Ohio by a man named Oscar who is standing in front of the wagon. Small bottom corner crease, short internal crease near top center, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. i(d)hfc
"United States" picturing fisherman, circus performers (center), baseball players & high-wheeler bicycle (right) 1893 Arbuckle Brothers coffee trade card with a lot of wear & corner rounding, removal from album obscures a lot of writing on back, lacks freshness. As is. $1.50 acbs(b)
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"zum / Andenken / an / Prinzess Liliput. / 'Kleinste Vortragssoubrette der Welt.' / --15 Jahre alt, 70 cm. gross.--" black & white post card with three views, one of them next to a tall man to emphasize her diminutive stature. Mailed in Berlin 1906 (clear cancels on two 3-pfg stamps), sound edges, wonderful design. $18.00 c*
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