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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Poster Repro
This full color repro
features the stunning illustration of a leaping tiger.
Ringling Bros and Barmum & Bailey Combined Shows, The Greatest
Show on Earth is printed above.
This circus can trace its beginnings to before the Civil War. Eventually P. T. Barnum purchased Scudder's American Museum in New York City in 1842, expanding it, reopening it as "Barnum's American Museum", and using its assets to launch several successful traveling exhibitions, including "General Tom Thumb" and the "Fiji mermaid".
The humble beginnings of the Ringling brothers can be traced to a small circus that five of them started in 1884, about the same time that Barnum and Bailey were at the peak of their popularity. Similar to dozens of small circuses that toured the Midwest and the Northeast at the time, the Ringlings moved their circus from town to town in small animal-drawn caravans. Their circus rapidly grew into one of the largest at the time and they were soon able to move their circus by train, which enabled them to create the largest traveling show of their time.
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