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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Collectible History Teaser: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Souvenir Program

From the depths of the trusty back closet washed out this bit of circus history from 1970. Yes, it's an original souvenir program from a visit to the circus when Gunther Gebel Williams held sway over large animals, and clowns and trapeze artists made different groups in the crowd nervous.

The artwork and color photos are terrific. There are two fold out posters as well (never folded out). Now that Ringling Brothers will soon be no more, with the age of the large circus coming to an end, this is quite the record of years gone by. I'll post more photos soon and some of the history and ads provided. One ad that is either amusing or sad, given recent news, is for United Airlines. The motto for United back in 1970 was "Fly the Friendly Skies." Not so much anymore, I'm afraid.

If you want to see a little something from Ringling Brothers itself right now, check out:

For the full post of the souvenir program with much better photos, see:

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