Searching For Circus Collectibles
“Where do you look for circus collectibles?” I get asked that question over and over, and it’s a question you could ask any collector, no matter what their interest. Coins, stamps, furniture, glassware, books—it doesn’t matter what the item, the search is part of the fun. I find circus items on the Internet, in antique […]
There Was Only One P.T. Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum was almost a Yankee Doodle Dandy, but missed it by one day. When Barnum was born 200 years ago, on July 5, 1810, the world of “show business” changed forever. He is best known as an American showman. He made his mark with such attractions as the FeeJee Mermaid, General Tom Thumb, […]
Circus Blogs: Inside Stories from Men with Sawdust in their Veins
Circus blogs are an open window to the circus worlds of today and yesterday. The best of these blogs is Buckles Blog, which is updated every day. When searching for the latest and most exciting circus news, those in the know go to Buckles Blog first. William “Buckles” Woodcock, a legendary elephant trainer whose circus […]
Circus Museums and Collections
The circus is alive and well today, and the rich heritage of the past can be found in many museums and collections across the country. Whether you enjoy collecting posters, books, photographs, ephemera or clown memorabilia, you can discover more about your particular interest by visiting the following museums and collections online or in person. […]
Circus Show Names and the Greatest Show Name of All Time
When collecting circus memorabilia it’s important to be familiar with the names of the hundreds of circuses that have crisscrossed this nation since John Bill Ricketts gave his first show in Philadelphia in 1793. The best resource for this information is a book entitled Directory of American Circuses: 1793-2000 by Robert L. Parkinson.
Circus Collector Fan Organizations
Everybody loves the circus. That may sound like a cliché but, it’s a fact. If you’re interested in collecting circus memorabilia and learning more about the circus, look no further. Below is information from the websites of some of the better known organizations and links to their web sites. Have fun!
Circus Memorabilia “Official Price Guide to Collectibles” by Harry L Rinker The 1920s through the 1940s marked the golden age of the tent circus. The circus trains for Ringling and Barnum and Bailey often exceeded 100 cars. The advent of television marked the beginning of the tent circus’ decline. Mergers occurred. Most small circuses simply vanished. […]