Monday, April 16, 2012
The astonishing collection of memorabilia at Circusmuseum.nl 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
The Okabe Family, 1909
Blumenfeld's Luft Sensationen, 1925
Bertram Mills Circus at Oympia, 1938
Kerst Circus, 1996
Circus Barlay, 1960
Cyrk Wielki, 1971