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    Circus Poster "Gargantua" (Ringling Bros./Barnum and Bailey, 1938). Poster (28" X 42"). Miscellaneous.
    "Buddy," was born in the Belgian Congo and lived on a freighter with the boat's captain. One day a drunk sailor threw acid in his face marking him for life physically and mentally. This heinous act left him with a grotesque and frightening look. Becoming aggressive, he was given to a wealthy New York woman who dressed him in clothes and drove him about in her car! After he climbed into bed with her for comfort from thunder (all 460 lb of him!) she sold him to John Ringling in 1937. Ringling immediately changed his name to "Gargantua" and exhibited him from 1938 to the gorilla's death in 1949. Ringling always admitted that millions of circus goers drawn to "Buddy's" exhibit saved Ringling Bros. from bankruptcy during the war years. Original posters from the great Strobridge lithography company have always been sought by poster collectors the world over. An unrestored poster that displays signs of use. May include light edge or fold wear, very minor paper loss, pinholes, unobtrusive stains, or small edge tears. Light extra vertical folds, a small stain in the lower right border into the background of the image and date snipe remnants along the lower border. Tape on verso.
    Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.


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