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Vintage Circus or Sideshow Hand-Painted Giant Clown Banner, circa 1940s


Vintage one of a kind circus or sideshow hand painted banner with a giant clown balancing a feather on his nose. Original paint on a light canvas sheet. The banner is stamped on the back from "Cooper Stage Equipment Service Syracuse, NY". This was found in the midwest and we were told it was used every year when the circus came to town in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Cooper Stage appears to have been a supplier of curtains, banners and backdrops.


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  • Condition
    Fair. The banner shows wear from years of use and exposure to the elements. There are tears and holes to the canvas, especially on some edges. Please see images. Still sturdy for hanging. One side may have been slightly cut down. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 137 in. x W 67.5 in. x D 0.13 in.

    H 347.98 cm x W 171.45 cm x D 3.31 mm

  • Seller location
    Santa Monica, CA
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