Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ringling Circus Posters

Posters were the best advertising method before Television, Internet, Cell phones, email. 
Today's circus Trivia is from  About.com  where I learned many common phrases we use today came from the Circus
“Toss your hat into the ring” came from the Circus in 1916, when President
Wilson tossed his hat into the center ring to show he’d run again.

“Hold your horses” comes from the old Circus street parade days, when the locals were warned to “hold their horses” because the elephants scared them.

“Get on the bandwagon” comes from a presidential candidate’s visit to the Circus. The candidate? Zachary Taylor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1848.

This poster above is from 1944, the year I waa born. whooo ha





Little Jimmy, Little Billy, and Jimmy's father were at an Art Museum. Little Jimmy was looking at a picture of someone in a carriage being pulled by a horse.


Little Jimmy brought his father over to look at the picture, and he asked his father, "Daddy, what is this?"


His dad replied, "Why, that is a horse-drawn carriage!"


Little Jimmy excitedly ran over to Little Billy, brought him back to the picture, and said, "Billy, a horse drew this picture!!"
source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/joke/The_Horse-Drawn_Carriage#ixzz1BIUALmh8
My dad was a big Fan of Tom Mix movies for stills of the movies Tom Mix Museum in OK

THE CIRCUS IS COMIN! IT'S ON IT'S WAY

14 comments:

Lucy (aka RHarper) said...

I love the evolution of simple sayings. I just never understand how they get so popular...as in 'hold your horses'.

Ginny said...

My favorite is the ballerina on top of that horse on her tippy-toe. Makes you wonder if some woman acutauuly did that, I think not.

George said...

Circus posters are vibrant and beautiful. Thank you for this selection of posters and the explanation of the sayings you high-lighted.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Sandra..enjoyed these old posters!! So you were born in 44? I love trains and they will always remind me of the small eletric ones my brothers would get for Christmas! They'd set the whole track on a large table in our den! Those trains and pieces slowly faded away into closets and disappeared with the seasons. I love the claw foot tub and the jokes (smile)-:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Sandra, I love the circus posters. I remember the first one for some reason... But --I love the Buffalo Bill one. Don't remember much about Tom Mix. Wonder how I missed him since I loved Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Rex Allen, Lash LaRue, etc...

Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Chatty Crone said...

Thanks for the memories. sandie

Remington said...

Great joke! I really needed it today! The posters are so cool! I love the talent that it takes to create these! So cool!

S. Etole said...

Those old posters are works of art ...

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I love these old circus posters, how special !
By shear coincidence the circus is in town here today, well Nashville..
I was always fascinated with the animal acts.
What timeless treasures, and thank you for sharing them with us.
Hugs,
Jo
x

Ann said...

Love the circus posters. They're so colorful. Makes you feel all excited about the circus coming to town. I haven't been to one in years, I wonder when the next one will be coming through

srp said...

These are so brilliantly colored and cheerful...
It is a shame that Woodrow Wilson threw his hat into the ring to run again... his administration was the REAL circus. ;)

SquirrelQueen said...

The posters are all gorgeous, the bright colors would have certainly captured the interest and imagination of all who saw them. The clown one is a little unnerving if you have ever read Stephen King's "It".

LC said...

Fun facts and fun posters!

sam said...

Cool pics interesting to know where 'hold your horses' comes from)