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Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster 1895 Carl Clair's Band Strobridge

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Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster Carl Clair's Band, 1895
Original Vintage Late 19th Century Strobridge Litho One Sheet (28x40")

Wonderful Piece of History!

Super Rare late 19th Century piece of Americana History...  One of the most spectacular vintage circus posters we have ever acquired in our 35 years collecting historical paper.   The artwork, colors and detail, such as the band player uniforms, is so bright and vivid!    Simply stunning antique historical circus related relic.  Extremely rare as we could not find one ever being sold at a major auction house.   And as with ALL Strobridge circus posters, breathtaking artwork!

Gorgeous vintage color Image of thirty-five male military band members sitting on a stage holding musical instruments behind bandmaster Carl Clair who stands next to female musician Jessie Millar who stands on a pedestal labeled "Jessie Millar / Cornet Soloist"; with a small vignette of a head-and-shoulders portrait of Clair at top center.

Carl Clair (née George Smith) was Barnum & Bailey’s premiere bandmaster from 1893 to 1907. Starting out with the King & Franklin Circus in the midwest, Clair moved on to Barnum & Bailey after Jim Robinson left the position vacant. He and his band of approximately 30 musicians accompanied the circus on its European tour, and he would remain with Barnum until his death in 1907, after which his lead bass player took over his role as music director.

Condition very good-excellent particularly for a 120 + year old poster.  Was linen backed many years ago , and has a fold line in the middle.  But could easily be re-linen backed which would eliminate any fold lines or creases..

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Strobridge, the outstanding American lithography company, produced many of the best circus and Wild West advertising posters of the late 1800's and early 1900's, particularly the outstanding posters for the Barnum & Bailey Circus, "the Greatest Show on Earth." The coloration and crisp detailing of these Strobridge posters makes them instantly recognizable to advanced collectors, even the versions that were executed in other languages. That's right, Strobridge would produce posters in the U. S. for the big shows that they would take with them for use overseas

Strobridge Lithography Company BIO:
The Strobridge Lithography Company created some of the most artistically stunning posters in the 19th, and early 20th century.  In the genre of vintage posters they produced "masterpieces"!.   Strobridge was founded in Cincinnati in 1847 by Elijah Middleton and eventually bought out by one of its workers, Hines Strobridge, remaining open until 1971. Offices were located in downtown Cincinnati, Norwood, and New York City.  Strobridge was most famous for its circus posters, often producing them for The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. Libraries and museums all over America, including the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, hold examples of Strobridge’s “Amazing American Circus Poster.” However, because the Strobridge firm was based in Cincinnati, Cincinnatians are fortunate to be in the vicinity of many of the greatest Strobridge collections. In addition to the Archives & Rare Books Library, the Cincinnati Public Library and Cincinnati Art Museum are valuable resources for Strobridge enthusiasts.

Note: Cvtreasures stamp NOT on original poster

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