Size: 39 1/4 x 29 3/8 in./99.8 x 74.7 cm
Printer: Strobridge, Cincinnati
Barnum & Bailey / The Könyöt Family. 1909.
“The Könyöt family, a multigenerational troupe of equestrian performers, first came to the United States from Hungary in 1909 to perform with [Barnum & Bailey]. They traveled with the show for four seasons before returning to Europe to tour their own circus. Featured in the center ring, the Könyöts were skilled dressage and bareback riders. The 1911 program describes the troupe as performing ‘great feats of whirlwind jockey, carrying, jumping and acrobatic equitation’” (Strobridge, p. 230). This is the earliest version of the poster from the troupe’s debut season.