Monday, April 16, 2012

Flying Through the Air

The astonishing collection of memorabilia at includes nearly 8,000 posters from 1880 to the present. Here is a tiny taste of the acrobats and aerialists.

The Leo-Tardy, 1904

The collection was amassed by circus enthusiast and scholar, Jaap Best. 3,500 lithographs by German printer Adolph Friedländer (including the above poster of The Leo-Tardy) form the core of the collection.

Jules Léotard, by the way, not only pioneered the art of trapeze (after getting a law degree), and popularized the one-piece bodysuit, but he was the inspiration for the song  "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze."

Braun & Braun, 1919

Andys Troupe, 1924

The Trio Hinode, 1905

The Three Cour's, 1911

The Urmann's, 1926

Circus Busch, Famille Frediani, 1910

The Four Flying Chinese's of the Royal Troupe 
Lijen-Chaisan, 1907

The Okabe Family, 1909

Blumenfeld's Luft Sensationen, 1925

Hegelmann-Troupe, 1913

Cirque des Frères Bouglione, 1951

Bertram Mills Circus at Oympia, 1938

Kerst Circus, 1996

Circus Barlay, 1960


Bureau, 1951

Cyrk Wielki, 1971

Amar, 1960


  1. great posters! but the link doesn't seem to work...

    1. Thanks for the heads up on the link. It should work now.--L


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