Clowns, giraffes, tigers, lions, and elephants make great circus posters
Shoppers: We sold our poster collection other than four Monte-Carlo posters with the Bazzoli clown, currently for sale at Pazazz, my Etsy shop.
Circus World Welcomes Tourists
Circus posters found a way into our house after a family vacation to Florida and a stop at Circus World, a theme park and the home of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. We hit every theme park in Florida that year because my husband was drumming up business for his souvenir product line that included park brochures, maps, games, childrens books, and coloring and activity products.
Darrell was in a tent watching the elephant training and spotted posters for sale on a table. He bought 17 posters. Those posters stayed in the Circus World souvenir bag until now when we decided to sell them.
I enjoyed unrolling them to see them after all these years as if the first time. Darrell photographed them, and we listed them for sale on eBay and Etsy.
Selling original Circus posters on eBay and Etsy
Of the posters we sold online, the “Ringling Bros. World’s Biggest Menagerie” poster with a polar bear had the most views, which I attribute to the rich Ringling Brothers history.
Established in 1884 in Baraboo, Wis., Ringling Brothers acquired their noteworthy competitor, Barnum & Bailey in 1919 to become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. They headlined their consolidated show, “The Greatest Show on Earth!”
My favorite posters
A favorite poster and slow to sell is from Monte-Carlo. It features classic clown art painted by Italo Bazzoli (see note at pg. bottom) for the Monte-Carlo International Cirque Festival. The clown is a haunting and enigmatic image capturing the essence of the veiled clown.
Another favorite is the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey poster with six clowns, a piglet, and a balloon. It has a story-book look to me. You see clowns sitting, from the backside, as they look down to watch the show in the Big Top. I want to grab a balloon, sit down, and watch, too.
Sadly, on May 21, 2017, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey closed its doors. Watch their video of “The Greatest Show on Earth” and read the history of John and Mabel Ringling and their estate and museum in Florida.
I’ve always had somewhat of a fascination with the Ringling Bros. because I was born in Baraboo, Wis., the home of Ringling Brothers. As a child, living in Wisconsin, I loved to say, “Baraboo — the bear that says “Boo!” I knew it was corny even then, but I still liked to say it. I guess I have more “circus” in me than most
Note: Italo Bazzoli launched the “Studio Bazzoli” in 1969. Originally, the studio specialized in graphic design and photography, but grew into EPI Communication, specializing in marketing, consulting, publishing, advertising, travel, and all things Monaco.