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    Walter L. Main Circus Poster (1900). Poster (27" X 41").
    A very rare, early poster for the fabled Walter L. Main Circus. The Main Circus holds a fascinating place in American circus lore. On 30 May 1893, the 17 car circus train was going from Houtzdale to Lewistown, Pennsylvania. It made an unscheduled stop in tiny Tyrone, and created a surviving legend. The engineer lost control of the train coming down the Allegheny Front between Philipsburg and Tyrone derailing 14 of the 17 cards. Seven people were killed outright and 19 injured badly. Many animals, including 53 horses were killed immediately, and buried on site. Others were rounded up and put in make-shift cages, but many escaped into the surrounding forest and were never accounted for! For many years after the crash, every dead chicken or calf was immediately blamed on a starving "fugitive predator" from the circus. There were absolutely fantastic stories that were handed down by resident families and circulate to this day, as indeed one farmer was forced to shoot a tiger that was eating one of his cows!. Main managed to rebuild and tour again. This is a lovely stone lithograph when Main was going full steam again, depicting an aerialist high wire act. What is wonderfully unique are the period dresses and costumes the performers are wearing. The long skirts and full bodice pieces must have made balancing extremely difficult and dangerous a feat than the spandex and lycra skin tight circus costumes of today. The poster was in excellent condition with only edge and cross-fold issues that have been addressed wonderfully by top linenbacking and some minimal touchup. There were chips and small tears along the right side into the background, and very small cross-fold separations. This period beauty is ready for display. Very Fine- on Linen.


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