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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1929 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    W.E. Berry Ltd (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Norfolk Rural Life Museum

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hanging card advertising The Great Carmo's Circus and Menagerie, Margate, 22 July 1929.

Similar to many other forms of circus advertising, this hanging card uses bright colours and dynamic images to sell its attractions.

Australian-born magician and juggler, Carmo, whose real name was Henry Cameron, began his career as a strong man before moving to England and entering the world of magic. He began his own circus in the 1920s, where he presented spectacular illusions to complement the main show of animal and circus acts. The circus was destroyed by fire shortly before World War II.

Physical description

Hanging card advertising 'The Great Carmo Circus and Menagerie' with colour illustration of a clown.
Two punched holes and string tied through.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


1929 (printed)


W.E. Berry Ltd (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography on card


Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 24 cm

Object history note

This poster was part of a collection of circus and theatre posters and ephemera collected by John Bates and given to the Norfolk Rural Life Museum by his widow. As the collection fell outside its collecting remit, the Rural Life Museum passed it to the V&A Theatre Museum (now the V&A Theatre and Performance).

Descriptive line

Hanging card advertising The Great Carmo's Circus and Menagerie, Margate, 22 July 1929

Labels and date



Card; Lithographic ink; String


Colour lithography


Entertainment & Leisure; Circus; Posters; Advertising

Production Type

Mass produced


Theatre and Performance Collection

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