6.23.11 / The Greatest Show on Earth
Circus Museum in the Netherlands is not clowning around. Although its all Dutch to me, this is the most extensive visual archive of circus graphics I've ever encountered. It includes posters, banners, flags and press sheets with all the great circus cliches and many more you've never seen before (unless you were born on the midway). Page after web page of thematic vintage work awaits you in this multi-ring virtual tent. See the acrobats, jugglers, magicians, freaks and clowns - see the animals in drag - and learn the folklore of the big top. See it here and visit all the attractions. Come one, come all. (Thanks to Mirko Ilic) (And see Robert Grossman's latest comic on Nightly Heller here.)
is the co-founder and the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts. He writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review and the Graphic Content blog for T-Style. He is the author, coauthor, and/or editor of more than 120 books on design and popular culture, including the recent book Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig (Chronicle).
Note: on June 23rd, friend and faithful reader Dave posted a comment - thought I'd add it here:
MrCachet said... "I've got this one bookmarked already. There's a site in NY, at the moment the name of the lady escapes me (I'm lazy and won't look it up) which sells and promotes posters - vintage. I found this one through her. "
My reply: You are probably referring to the fabulous Posterette. I love her blog too. http://www.postersplease.com/posterblog/
I must have missed it when she shared the Dutch Circus link - but stuff that good will undoubtedly turn up many a time and place!