Size: 31 3/4 x 71 5/8 inches
Condition: 31 3/4 x 71 5/8 inches
The Great Acrobatic Party is a grandiose event indeed, as one can glean from the exhaustive list of events presented: ascension of the first balloon, a regular balloon launch followed by a second group equipped with automatic release parachutes, an aerial cyclist performance (using a balloon without basket, valve, or stopping gear, etc. mounted by M. Gilbert, world champion, and the only one to go up 10,000 feet in space on a bicycle), raining flowers and parachutes, concerts, and an acrobatic party featuring the burlesque acrobats Fred and Jack (plus Juliani, the late-century juggler from Cirque d'Été; Smith, the reptile man from Nouveau Cirque; antipode exercises; Constanz-Ida of the Folies Bergère on a steel wire; and comic cyclists). But that's just the beginning. On the right-hand side of the poster, the regulations for the Balloon Rally are detailed: opposing teams—mimicking enemy countries—must pursue a balloon cyclist carrying privy information and return the captive on the same machine he flew away on. Later events include a women's race, followed by "Under the Butter Market," which features oxyradical light projection by M. Ludovic Gully from Rouen, accompanied by illuminations of the great boulevards and monuments of the city. Later, more concerts, a great torch light retreat, and a finale performance by the great M. Gilbert on his Gladiator aerocycle. Are you still with us? This poster was printed by woodblock and is engraved with a color tip-on of a balloon. All in all, it is a sensational and unique piece!