The Posters of Bertram Mills Circus
by Steven Richley
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ISBN Number: 9781872904511
Format:
Hardback
Number of Pages:
236
Publication Date:
2014
Publisher:
Doublecrown Books Ltd

Bertram Mills’ Circus all started with a wager in 1919. After visiting a circus at Olympia, London, Bertram Mills was asked for his opinion of the show - he replied ‘If I couldn’t put on a better show than that, I would eat my hat'. A week later he had agreed to stage a circus at this famous West-London site for the 1920-21 season - a tradition that would continue for the next 48 years and mark the revival of the UK circus scene.

Featuring over 260 posters, hanging cards and other rare items of circus ephemera, this book tells the story of the Bertram Mills Circus through its amazing promotional artwork. It covers Mills’ initial shows at Olympia, tenting as a joint venture with The Great Carmo in 1929 prior to going on the road with the Mills’ circus ‘under canvas’ from 1930. Completing the story are posters from Mills’ Circus travelling the length and breadth of Britain via train until 1965 and the post-war shows productions at Olympia until 1967.

 

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