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Publisher: BARNUM & BAILEY
Title: Les prodiges uniques au monde des phénomènes physiques et la plus grande présentation des merveilleuses curiosités humaines et vivantes. 98 - B. No 72.
Published: New York, Strobridge litho Co., 1898

Size: 28.7 x 39.4 inches.
73.0 x 100.0 cm.
Colouring: In attractive strong original printe colours.
Condition:  Colour lithography in bright colours, Some marginal water staining and some minor fraying of upper margin. Laid down on Japan paper for protective reason.
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The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth : The world's grandest, largest, best, amusement institution. A detailed tableaux of no fewer than 27 ‘freaks,’ this amazing two-sheet poster commemorates all things bizarre on view at the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

This is the rare French language variant of the image.

As the English circus collapsed, the big American companies maintained the prestige of the circus. In 1871, it existed in the States-United 22 big circuses traveling, at the shadow of which that of Phineas Barnum who launched an operation of a unparalleled scale by producing a four-masted tent that was later extended to six. This required a rail transport with 21 wagons.
Barnum played an important role in development advertising displays and in the art of media effects (parade, manipulations, deceptions). The circus had 500 horses. After a terrible competition with Bailey for supremacy, Barnum came to associate with James Bailey who in fact, ran the company from 1881 to 1906.

After Barnum's death in 1891, Bailey remained alone and undertook in 1897 a great five-year European tour. It was a real revolution in the circus world. The installation of the long tent of 200 meters and the rigorous organization of this true traveling city of a thousand people was a model efficiency.
The first performance in France, in Paris, in 1901, took place in the presence of the family of the President of the Republic, the President of the Council and ten ministers. Ringling Brothers then took advantage of Barnum's absence in the United States.

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