A new addition to the collection:
I have been collecting spook show posters for many years now and I think it is time to compile images. Some of these I own and most I don’t, but I am always looking to acquire more. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any you don’t want…
I will pull mine out of storage and start photographing them, as I have quite a few that I didn’t find in cyberspace.
A few weeks ago I posted in my VintageOCD blog about a grouping of vintage Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus posters I had come across at a garage sale. They had been stockpiled by the grandson of the gentleman that has printed them in San Francisco in the 1940’s. Unfortunately I arrived late, after a phone call from a picker friend that knows posters are my forte. Some of the styles with giraffes and other animals had already been scooped up. I did, however, lay down the big money for a couple of one-of-a-kinds that nobody else had seen the value in. After striking up a relationship with the owner i followed up a few weeks later and have secured both a 24 Sheet poster and a 16 Sheet poster that were venue-specific for the SF show. I will post pictures of the giant posters soon, but wanted to get the pictures I promised of the rest:
The first on came in 2 sizes (half-sheet and 1 sheet) and is a generic poster for the circus –
The second is a great 1 sheet of a clown on an elephant –
The 3rd is a 1 sheet of a hippo –
Everyone needs a circus clown 1 sheet –
The next are all 1 sheets but are act-specific and quite rare –
Francis Brunn: a juggler
The Incredible Unus –
Mister Mistin Jr. –
I apologize for the low-light iPhone images. When I get better photos I will make sure to replace these. Anyone who has information on these posters is encouraged to weigh in on this blog.