Saturday, February 28, 2015

From Chris Berry

About 60 years ago this week, this daub went up advertising Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey's upcoming appearance at the Boston Garden in March of 1955. In the spring of 1955 this Strobridge version of the venerable "Leopard Head" litho had only been used one previous season (1954). The original "Leopartd Heard" design, however was first produced by artist George Howe as part of a group of posters designed for Ringling Barnum by the Norman Bel Geddes studios in 1941. The basic design was reworked over the years - including this 1954 version - and continued to be used into the 1970s, arguably spanning more seasons than any other individual poster design - second only to the Lou Jacobs "See You At the Greatest Show on Earth" poster which was first a part of the litho hod in 1944 and, with a few slight variations, also used into the 1970s.


Chic Silber said...

Interupted Melody at the "Astor"

& a TV Telecast of a prizefight

at the "Loew's State" would have

been done with very primitive TV

projection equipment like a Swiss

"Eidophor" (not for the film)

Chic Silber said...

I meant to add that the movie in

"Cinemascope" was projected with

an anamorphic "scope" lens on a

standard projector

klsdad said...


Chic Silber said...

What don't you understand kissy

Are the words too big for you

Maybe somebody can explain it to

you in simpler terms

Ole Whitey said...

I imagine klsdad means what does all this have to do with Chris' post about the Loepard head poster?

I don't understand either. Are you going to be as sarcastic with me as you were to klsdad?

Chic Silber said...

Yup Dave I got it but he drives

me more nuts than I already am

He never seems to add anything of

value but is fast to criticize

I added some projection terms for

anyone who might care about such

things like Eric Beheim as other

pasted elements referred to them

I'll give you a call Dave when

I get the chance & I won't be

the least bit sarcsatic

Chic Silber said...

As you both can see I spent some

time to research & find images

that related to Chris' great post

Perhaps folks who complain might

try to add some content here

Chic Silber said...

I wish I knew who this kissy guy

is as I would love to speak with

him on the telephone but he hides

behind some cryptic slogan

I am fully aware "Buckles Blog"

(or Buckles Brigade as I call it)

is primarily intended for circus

related information but I find

interest in several other forms

of entertainment that shouldn't

wrankle the nonpaying guests

Chic Silber said...

Some of what many of us get from

playing in Buckles Sandbox is the

chance to awaken some sleeping

memory cels as we recall elements

from our collective history & not

all of it is of common interest

Ole Whitey said...

Chic: If you're not sarcastic, how can I be sure it's you?

I only get two kinds of calls, butt chewings and aluminum siding hypes.

Roger Smith said...

There is the age-old reminder in life endeavors, especially sports, that no one wins them all. Who, as seen here, proved the rule by the exception? Rocky Marciano. He remained undefeated as a prizefighter. He won them all.

klsdad said...

Hello Ole Whitey..
We understand!!
Be careful.

Chic Silber said...

Have no fear Dave I won't let you

down or have any doubt it's me

Chic Silber said...

Please kissy help me understand

How about a name to start with

I gave up being careful years ago

Chic Silber said...

It seems to me that kissy must be

an extremely religious fellow

"A devout coward" or he would use

his real name here