Printed stock posters might remain in storage for years until they were sold to a circus to be used; it is not uncommon to find posters used during a specific year which had actually been printed decades before. We had to add lye, which would cook the mixture so it was usable. Menschen, Tiere, Sensationen: Zirkusplakate 1880-1930 Humans, Animals, Sensations: Circus Posters 1880-1930. Booth's printing concern became the first major show printing firm in the United States. In such examples, identification of the actual circus involved can be difficult.
When the four individual sheets were pasted together and allowed to dry, they were then carefully folded for storage in such a way that they could be unfolded by the circus billers and posted in a consistent method. During the washing of a poster from the mid-1920's depicting May and Phil Wirth a famous bareback riding team in a lithographed photographic image printed in a sepia-toned ink, an orange component in the ink was solubilized in the wash water. Note the extensive reworking of the drawing, including reversed positions of the seal and monkey, reduction in the size of the ball, and repositioning of the monkey's tail. Circus poster used during the 1943 and 1944 seasons. In 1782, Astley established the Amphithéâtre Anglais in Paris, the first purpose-built circus in France, followed by 18 other permanent circuses in cities throughout Europe.
To be successful, a circus owner had to market his show—which often ran for only a day—from scratch just about every week. Much more beautiful than the regular U. Five Circus and spectator activities are shown. The dimensions of circus posters are extremely important historically, and may help in identifying the period of production. All information and descriptions contained in advertising this sale are believed correct, but no responsibility is assumed by the auctioneer, seller, employees or agents for any errors or omissions. Author's Collection, used with permission of Ringling Bros.
Even though the stain was slight, it was clearly visible on the polyester, yet there was no visual change in the poster itself, and absolutely no evidence of bleeding of the red ink in the poster. This poster is notoriously difficult to authenticate. National Periodical Publications realized that having Superman on the cover sells. So the next year he was finally featured in his own comic. This saved valuable time, especially if a merchant was willing to have more than one poster placed in his window, or an empty store front was located.
During a day's work a single billposter could hang from 300 to 600 sheets covering up to 7,000 square feet of space. These took the form of wood engravings, or in some cases cruder woodcuts. This poster is guaranteed authentic; however one can make some observations about the reproduction which makes it slightly different from this original and hard to authenticate. These dimensions allowed for a white border around the image, and this became the industry standard. But we had to be very careful not to rub this paste too hard on the surface of the poster as it would make the inks run. Inspection dates and times will be listed in each auction. Senefelder also pioneered color printing utilizing his lithography technique.
In addition to minimal typical fold line touchup, restoration included repair of: minor chips in Russell's face along the vertical fold, a tear from the forehead to the mouth of Russell, chips in the corners, pinholes in the borders, paper loss in the bottom border at the vertical fold, and a small hole in Beutel's shirt. And, finally, he had to display the date of the show prominently so patrons could plan to attend. It was simple to produce, able to be displayed anywhere the public could view it, and had an immediate and intimate influence on audiences. Only three copies of the Action Comics ashcan are known to exist. Actual grade pre restoration is Fine- on Linen.
Each poster was therefore marked with an ink stamp on the reverse to identify the poster image, the section of the poster in the overall image, and as an indication of which corner of the poster would be first adhered during the posting process. The particular Swedish postage stamp was first issued in 1855, and featured a set of five values depicting the Swedish coat of arms and Swedish Skilling in various dominations. Share Tweet Copy Link Copied The idea that the painting you bought at your neighbor's garage sale could be a Picasso, or at the very least an antique worth millions, has become a lot more pragmatic in the last few years. It is not uncommon to find posters used during a specific year which had actually been printed decades before. For many, circus history begins with Astley, while for others its origins go back much further—to Roman times.
In fact, posters might have been placed in central locations such as popular taverns or blacksmith shops for surrounding performances at different locales. After the War of 1812, circus owners replaced the permanent equestrian type shows with rolling shows that pitched their tents on village greens. Extremely rare poster from the first limited release in 1981. The combination of sheets determined the type of poster produced. Contact us with your request.
However, few signed their work. Lithographed color cover of American Boy magazine, showing circus scenes. New York: Henry Holt and Co. Inspection of Items: Every item in this auction is available for bidder inspection prior to the auction ending. Also, there are usually ink losses along crease lines which often times are inpainted for aesthetic reasons during conservation treatment. For example, a show printer might print new letter press title tags to cover the original title, and offer them for a reduced rate to another circus.
The book is in perfect condition and has never been used. Even though circus posters were produced by the thousands very cheaply, the materials utilized in their production were of higher quality than one might expect. The auctioneer and seller expressly and specifically disclaim, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Incredibly difficult to find one of these! Eventually, classic stone lithographic poster images were photographed to be mechanically reproduced. Therefore, posters became known by the companies that printed them and not by the artists who created them. No tears, no tape, no pin holes. Show printers would print very large runs of individual stock designs and store them.