This flock of eagles looks like a single bird, in stop-motion sequence, alighting to the air, inspired by the plane careening toward the edge of the frame. Much in keeping with the Italian political climate of the 1930s, this poster for the first Milanese air show is both stately and aggressive, with a palpable weight and mass to the objects shown. This is the smaller, French-text format version of the poster.
"PHENOMENON: Extraordinary and Alive. You have to see it to believe it! This young two-headed bull is the most curious living phenomenon throughout Europe. Capricious nature has placed its second head on its derrière." The circus menagerie has just gotten weirder. The second head is just about visible in the illustration, but the extra legs and udder emanating from the beast's spine are quite interesting indeed.
Condition: B+/ Slight tears at vertical fold. Framed.
One of the most interesting and unique of all circus poster images ever created. Here, for your amazéd eyes, are "The two greatest riders in horse sketches true / Of Paradise Alley and Fifth Avenoo." Paradise Alley, the deepest darkest den of Five Points (where the Bowery Boys and the Dead Rabbits battled in "Gangs of New York"), delivers a hardscrabble working-class gal, atop a rough nag (a sign around the horse's neck reads, "My chest is week" [sic]). Opposing her is the belle of Manhattan gentry, all silk and lace, standing upon a charging white Arabian stallion. In reality, they're Josie Ashton and Rose Wentworth, two of the greatest equestriennes in show business. They perform among a cavalcade of cheering clowns and little people, in a spectacle of the ages.