• 29 Jun
    2010

A Ticket Is Your Entry To The Big Show And More

If you want to see the circus, don’t try to sneak in for free. “All children must have ticket, regardless of age . . .” It’s the message emblazoned at the main entrance to the circus. Many tent circuses published a tongue-in-cheek photo of kids sneaking under the tent with a policeman close at hand. […]

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  • 8 Jun
    2010

You Can’t Tell Your Funambulists from Your Kinkers without Knowing Your Circus Lingo

Behind the scenes and on the back lot of any circus is another world, complete with its own language or lingo. The “Merriam-Webster Dictionary” defines lingo as “strange or incomprehensible language or speech; a foreign language; the special vocabulary of a particular field of interest.” Knowing something about circus lingo will help collectors in their […]

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  • 31 May
    2010

Collecting Circus Stamps Means a Worldwide Search

By far the most colorful circus stamps are those issued in foreign countries. The checklist provided by The American Topical Association (ATA) indicates there are 375 circus stamps from 105 different countries from the Aland Islands to Zambia. This is in addition to the U.S. circus stamps mentioned in my previous WorthPoint article titled Collect […]

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  • 25 May
    2010

The Collector’s Minute: Revivals and the Value of Collectibles

In the collectibles business, you’ll often hear the mantra, “Everything old is new again,” particularly when there has been revival of a famous book into a movie or miniseries on TV. Manufacturers are quick to take advantage of this phenomenon and churn out products that depict characters from the story on everything. So much to […]

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  • 24 May
    2010

Collect Circus Stamps for Color and Variety on a Budget

In the world of philately (the study and collection of postage stamps), there are those who concentrate on collecting topical stamps. The list is endless—music, birds, insects, animals, Christmas, sports, presidents and even topics within topics, such as Abraham Lincoln or Little League baseball. In fact there is an organization devoted exclusively to the field […]

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  • 3 May
    2010

Collecting ‘The Greatest Motion Picture On Earth’

“We bring you the circus, the pied piper whose magic tunes greet children of all ages, from 6 to 60, into a tinsel and spun-candy world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter and whirling thrills—of rhythm, excitement and grace—of blaring and daring and dance—of high-stepping horses and high-flying stars. But behind all this, the circus […]

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  • 5 Apr
    2010

Fabulous Fakes: Bogus Carousel Horses

Wooden carousel horses are the stuff of childhood legend, though most of us alive today have only ever rode on fiberglass, plastic or aluminum steeds. While most people identify the old carousels with their calliope pipe organs and wooden horses as Victorian relics, the vast majority of these carousel horses actually date to post 1900; […]

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  • 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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  • 22 Jul
    2009

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Rin Tin Tin, Cola-Cola Poster, Collector Plates

QUESTION: I own a wood plaque featuring a hand-carved image of Rin Tin Tin that measures approximately 7 inches by 3 ½ inches. Rin Tin Tin looks more like a wolf than a German shepherd, one of the n’s in his name is carved backward, and “Andenken,” “Wien D. P. Camp,” and initials—possibly those of […]

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