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  • Apr 6 2013
  • 6 Apr 2013

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

This year I hit the jackpot in my on-going quest to add to my collection of circus memorabilia. Each March, for most of the past […]

  • Dec 20 2011
  • 20 Dec 2011

Advertisers, Just Like the American Public, Loved the Circus

Not long ago, circus performers were as popular as today’s movie and music stars. Their images appeared regularly in magazine advertisements for non-circus products—everything from […]

  • Oct 10 2011
  • 10 Oct 2011

Tibbals Learning Center Expansion a Boon for Circus Researchers, Scholars, Historians

SARASOTA, Fla. — With the recent opening of the New Wing of the Tibbals Learning Center, the Ringling Circus Museum at The John and Mable […]

  • Sep 6 2011
  • 6 Sep 2011

Collectibles Filing System Helps Keep Circus Ephemera in Order

When I was a young boy, I decorated my bedroom walls with circus posters and cut circus pictures out of magazines to fill a scrapbook. […]

  • Jul 18 2011
  • 18 Jul 2011

Jumbo the Elephant Toys Lived Long After the Great Pachyderm Passed On

Jumbo the Elephant arrived in 1882 from England to appear as a feature attraction in The Greatest Show On Earth. But, P.T. Barnum wasn’t the […]

  • Jun 13 2011
  • 13 Jun 2011

New Circus Poster Exhibit Features Storied Strobridge Lithographs

Circus posters are highly prized by collectors. They have always been the lifeblood of circus advertising. Among the most treasured are those posters created by […]

  • May 31 2011
  • 31 May 2011

The Circus In Art

Even for circus collectors, only a privileged few will ever own an original painting by one of the great masters, but original circus art and […]

  • May 18 2011
  • 18 May 2011

Mysterious Ringling Bros. Coloring Book – Is It Authentic?

Most kids enjoy spending time coloring inside the lines of images in simple, inexpensive coloring books. Circus coloring books may be big sellers at the […]

  • Apr 4 2011
  • 4 Apr 2011

The Circus When America Was Young

The “Golden Age of the Circus” is a perplexing period of time that historians have difficulty pinpointing. One historian identified 1880 to 1918 as the […]

  • Mar 22 2011
  • 22 Mar 2011

Another Year’s Worth of Collectibles at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Each March, I spend a three days at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, hunting circus memorabilia for my collection. Last March, I wrote an article […]