“Miss Allen with her Five Gaited Palemino” -- Cole Bros. Circus. Circa 1940. In amazing condition; slight water staining on lower ...
more“Miss Allen with her Five Gaited Palemino” -- Cole Bros. Circus. Circa 1940. In amazing condition; slight water staining on lower left corner. (And yes, the circus misspelled "Palomino"...)
The "Miss Allen" here is Jean Allen of the fabled Allen Sisters equestrian act. It appears that later she also became a storied elephant trainer. Interestingly, you can find the exact same image of Miss Allen and her horse advertising a later “equestrienne” with Cole Bros., Miss Cristiani, of the illustrious Cristiani Family. All they did was slap a piece of printed paper with Miss Cristiani’s name over Allen’s. This was common practice in circus advertising when acts changed. But Ms. Allen was the original performer pictured as Miss Cristiani didn’t join Cole Bros. until around 1947…
This poster was purchased from the estate of famed stage magician and poster collector extraordinaire, JOHN DANIEL. John began building illusions for Houdini before striking out on his own as a magician. In 1968, John received the very first "Stage Magician of the Year" award from the Academy of Magical Arts based at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Ca. And in 2011 he was recognized with the Academy's "Lifetime Achievement" award. His collection of circus and stage magic posters was believed to be the finest in the world…
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