Victorian Circus Posters
Back then, there were hundreds of circuses that traveled around to fairgrounds everywhere. By the end of the 1800s, railroads made it possible to have very large circuses that carried all their gear on several cars. The large circuses toured to small towns across Europe and America.
Fun circus acts always included trick riding, jugglers, aerialists, elephants, equestrians, trapeze, and clowns, although there were specialty acts, too, such as the coney island water carnival put on by Barnum & Bailey.
Eventually, the rings would be covered by canvas tents. By the 1820s, the traditional "big top" appeared, and seated a few hundred spectators. By around 1880, when railroads carried the gear and large circuses evolved, the performances could seat thousands of spectators, and the big top grew even bigger.
Of course, colorful posters were placed around town to advertise the affair. These little art gems are highly sought by today's collectors of circus memorabilia.