Since the late 19th century, the circus has brought together children of all ages to watch the thrilling acts and let their imaginations soar.
During the early years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey would use posters with eye-catching imagery of stunts, performers, and animals as a vehicle to attract people to come watch the circus.
And, now, the United States Postal Service is paying tribute to the history of these vintage works of art.
The design for each of the eight stamps is modeled off of unique posters, which showcase majestic elephants, fierce tigers and colorful clowns, in addition to the iconic acts such as acrobatic gymnasts, graceful wire dancers and daring stuntmen.
The interactive first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place in front of the Ca’ d’Zan (CAH-duh-ZAHN) mansion at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
The event will feature a Ringling Bros. ringmaster, clowns, and concert by the Ringling Bros. bell wagon, the first time it has been seen, or heard, in Sarasota in 30 years.
Built in 1891, the bell wagon is over 18 feet long, 10 feet high, weighs over five tons (over 10,000 lbs.), and features nine working bells.
The U.S. Postal Service honors the “best of America” by introducing new limited-edition stamps that celebrate various American passions, including the circus.
The limited edition Vintage Circus Posters Forever® stamps will be available for purchase at major Post Office locations across the country and online at http://usps.com and ebay.com/stamps.