are scans of the sideshow banner of the Barlow miniature circus. Each
banner is about 7.5 inches wide by 12 inches tall. Unfortunately, my
scanner will only scan to about 11 inches so a small part of each banner
is cut off.
banners have been sold.
Each banner is hand
painted using a vegetable-based paint. The colors have, over the years,
taken on a rich patina much like early Persian rugs have.
The back of the Francis-Frances banner is autographed.
Princess Jenny was an actual sideshow performer.
Chet Caine (Cain) was a very famous tattoo artist and tattooed man of
the 1920s and 1930s.
The back of the Capt. Corbett banner has about 29 autographs from the
1932 Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus during their visit to
San Antonio, Texas.
Jolly Jossie was an actual sideshow performer of the 1920s. Notice the
spelling mistake on this banner.
On the back of Jolly Jossie are autographs from the 1932 meeting in San
Antonio, Texas of the Circus Fans of America.
Since the banners are hand painted, mistakes were made. This one was not
finished because the artist spilled ink on it.