Thursday, December 3, 2009

World's Largest Grandest 1896 Amusement!

I received this beautiful birthday puzzle from a friend who discovered it at The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village gift shop. This 1896 Barnum and Bailey poster portrays the sights and sounds of the circus as they might crowd into a child's dream.

The poem in yellow reads, "This smiling face is multiplied a million times a year whereas the children's mightiest friend these wonderous shows appear. With sunny gleams of fairyland, with scenes of merriest glee, with cute and cunning animals from either side the sea."

No matter how one feels about the circus of old, the colors of this picture are truly beautiful...vintage lovely and a joy to see!


  1. Coralie,
    It is lovely and bright! Good luck putting that puzzle together. Blessings!

  2. Thank you for following me too and thanks for your kind words about my art! :)

  3. So very pretty. My mom took me and my brother once to see Ringling Bros. Circus. I shall never forget it, nor shall I forget the lovely flashlight necklace she allowed me to purchase there with a circus motif. Also, my husband is a clown figurine I love all things regarding the circus.

  4. The museum is one of our favourite day trips. Dick is mesmerized by the Kennedy stuff and I just love it all! Well worth a trip any day!

  5. What a wonderful gift! You must love this--thank you for sharing it with us! ((hugs))

  6. What a delightful daughter loves puzzles too. That is a wonderful museum there in Dearborn, MI.

    I see you have a number of Vintage Post Cards them, just love em.

    I would like to invite you to come over and visit my blog..and "attend" my VINTAGE CHRISTAS POST CARD PARTY.

    Thank you,

  7. Coralie I would post about 3 vintage post cards at a time...and as many times as you wish, but they will be on YOUR blog, you just have to post the notice... on my blog...and let me know you have posted them on other's will come over to see your images.


    Hope this does not sound too convoluted.

    ** Thank you for joining my blog...!! You will see a WELCOME in an minute on my blog.


  8. That looks like a delightful puzzle.
    Have lots of fun with that
    Have a great weekend

  9. A wonderful gift, it's really lovely.