C 1903 ~ Sig Sautelle Railroad Circus Songster Program

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  • Item Category: Advertising
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 18, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

An original & complete Sig Sautelle's New Big Railroad Shows Songster , Circa 1902-04. Measures 11 x 14 inches, with approximately 20 pages. Newspaper pulp, tabloid type paper & format. Includes the lyrics to dozens of old songs and full page cure-all advertisements for the various ailments of the day. The condition issues include a general fragility & some foxing. At on time the program was folded in quarters (crease visible) On the front cover t is a one (1) inch paper loss on the clown's left cheek (at quater-fold crease). The rear page is separated horizontally at center, but complete and attached to the main body(see photo). Other then that, the fore-edge is a bit worn, overall I would say the condition is Good +, to Very Good - , considering its age and ephemera qualities. Completly readable.

Sig Sautelle was born George Satterlee in Luzerne, N. Y., September 22, 1848. He was a Civil War vet who started a circus, which toured via the northeast canal routes in the 1880s. He enjoyed popularity & success, so in September 1901, the announcement was made that the following season the show would be on rails. In 1902, he bought fifteen flat cars, by 1904 he had twenty-three more, his menagerie included 14 cages and the circus would have four elephants

The Sig Sautelle Railroad show was a big success over next three seasons. However, after the 1904 season, Sautelle sold the show to Barnum, who wanted a circus to take to France. The Railroad show was signed over to Barnum at the close of the 1904 season, thus ended the short but successful Railroad era of Sig Sautelle's career. He followed up with motor truck versions of the circus, Sig Sautelle died in 1928 and was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame in 1966.

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