Circus poster

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    Circuses were a hugely popular form of affordable entertainment in the 1800s. There were many small collections of animals, sometimes owned by a circus manager who trundled them along the country roads before putting up his ‘Big Top’ wherever he hoped for a profitable audience. Other grander circuses provided great spectacles: recreations of battle scenes and mythical tales, or animals and clowns performing complex tricks. Posters such as this one were typical of Victorian advertising, in their use of different sized fonts set vertically down a long page. This style of typesetting was visually powerful, helping to catch the eye of passers-by.

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