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    Circus Poster (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, 1938). One Sheet (28" X 42") Horizontal Style.
    Few top "entertainers" have had a more interesting life history than "The largest Gorilla Ever Exhibited!" Born in the Belgian Congo in 1929, "Buddy," lived on a freighter with the boat's captain, until a drunk sailor threw acid in his face and marked him physically and mentally for life, giving him a grotesque and frightening look. He became aggressive and 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 changed his name to "Gargantua" and exhibited him from 1938 to the gorilla's death in 1949. Ringling readily admitted that the millions of circus goers drawn to the exhibit probably saved Ringling Bros. from bankruptcy during the war years. The posters, from the great Strobridge lithography company, have always been sought by poster collectors the world over. This is a particularly nice, horizontal style, one sheet, featuring a dramatic drawing of Gargantua hoisting a Congo native over his head. Pure Americana doesn't get much better than this! There are some very light stains in the corners and borders, and small border tears in the right and left. Fine/Very Fine.


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