This undated poster states: “POSITIVELY THE 31st ANNUAL TOUR OF THIS GREAT SHOW.” The Forepaugh Circus originated in 1865. Therefore if one can believe anything a circus claims in its promotional advertising, 1865 + 31 = 1896. The Tibbals Circus Collection estimates the poster date to be 1894. so, a mid-1890’s date is probably close for this rare poster.
Printer: Strobridge Litho Co
Very faint evidence of one center vertical fold before the poster was linen backed years ago.