• 30 Mar
    2010

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 […]

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  • 9 Mar
    2010

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, […]

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  • 12 May
    2009

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 […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2008

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. […]

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  • 3 Nov
    2008

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction?

So you’ve just found the most amazing circus poster online and want to bid on it. Or maybe you are thinking about buying one at an antique mall. How do you know it is real? Could it be a reproduction? You aren’t sure. What can you do?

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  • 27 Oct
    2008

Circus Route Books – A Record of the Past


Circus Route Books — A Record of the Past

By Larry Kellogg

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  • 7 Oct
    2008

Circus Books: Building a Solid Foundation for Collecting

Circus Books: Building a Solid Foundation for Collecting

By Larry Kellogg

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  • 22 Sep
    2008

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.

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  • 8 Sep
    2008

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!

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