With roots dating back to 1884, The Cole Bros. Circus of 1935-1952 had many promotable features, including Clyde Beatty and “Lotus” the Hippopotamus.

You can see more historical circus posters from the library’s collections by visiting our online library catalog.

By clicking on the “Advanced Search” button found at the top of the online catalog page and entering “poster” in the box marked “Collection” you will be able to review all available online records from our poster collection. Circus World maintains a collection of nearly 10,000 posters. The online records represent only a fraction of those holdings. New images are uploaded to the online catalog on a regular basis.