Conservation, Restoration and Repair of Circus Posters

The history of circus posters is a fascinating one.  The vast majority of the time, these posters were intended to be ephemeral, posted on building walls and in windows as an advertisement.  About a week before the performance, the circus would send out crews to plaster posters around town.  Many times, the posters were so large that they were printed in multiple pieces, then oriented together as they were pasted into place on a wall.  The conservation and repair of this art genre presents its own unique considerations and challenges.  Below is an engaging video featuring conservator M.J. Davis and a collection of circus posters she is conserving.

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