Printer clearing out warehouse of circus posters

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Gary Payne, president of the Circus Fans of America, announces that The

United Nations circus poster

An example of the type of vintage circus posters being offered for sale during The World Wide Circus Summit.
(All photos courtesy William H. Robinson, Inc.)

Enquirer Printing Company of Newtown, Ohio, will be offering a large collection of circus memorabilia for sale during The World Wide Circus Summit 2015, scheduled for The Big E Fairgrounds, West Springfield, Mass., July 14-18.

John Anderson, president of The Enquirer Printing Company and one of the fourth generation of the Anderson family to own and operate the company said, “We have been looking for a way to put our warehouse full of circus posters, original art work, wood & metal circus cuts and wood type in the hands of true circus fans. With circus fans from around the world coming to Springfield in July to attend the WCS 2015, we feel it is the perfect place for us to offer a portion of our archives for sale.”

The Enquirer Printing Company, which has been in business and owned by the Anderson family since 1890, was the largest printer of circus posters in United States for many years. When the circus was the king of local entertainment in America, EPC specialized in creating large circus posters. Their work was plastered throughout towns days before the circus train, the big top and parade of elephants arrived. In recent years, the circus poster business has changed with many communities and utilities banning posters on utility poles, and many circuses don’t want the hassle and expense of hiring someone to collect them when they leave town.

However, Enquirer Printing Company still prints for many circuses including Kelly Miller Brothers Circus and Feld Entertainment Inc., owners of Ringling Brothers. They also provide printing services for several carnivals, fairs, amusement parks and other entertainment venues.

Bill Robinson, of William H. Robinson Inc., whose company has been retained by EPC to handle the sale says, “Boxes and skids are stacked to the ceiling in a 35,000-sq.-ft. building, and every box we open has another surprise. This sale is going to be a huge opportunity for the circus collector, decorators, antiques shops and auctioneers to purchase old/authentic circus advertising and collectables. I don’t believe there has been — or there ever will be — another offering of real circus memorabilia of this magnitude again.”

For more information on the sale, contact Bill Robinson at Bill@TheBigIdeaPeople.com. For more information on The World Wide Circus Summit 2015, visit www.worldwidecircussummit2015.com.

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