CIRCUS POSTER: An original Cole Brothers circus poster, 1930s / 1940s
An original vintage American Cole Brothers Circus poster, circa 1930s – 1940s. In U.S. one-sheet format, featuring the high wire act, with tagline ‘The Great Grimes- Undisputed Champions of the High Wire, Who Have Made Two Continents Gasp’, colour lithographic print by ‘Erie Litho & Ptd Co, USA’, conservation linen-backed.
The poster image is based upon a photograph of the German ‘Great Gretona’ high wire troupe. The Gretona group performed with Cole Brothers circus from 1936-1940 when they remained in the US city of Rochester. It is believed the Great Grimes troupe was a fictional name created as a cover-all for performers in high wire acts with the circus during this time.
Dimensions: 27 inches x 41 inches (658 x 1041 mm), unframed
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Condition Report: This poster is in overall good condition, linen-backed and with restoration to right hand edge.