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"Have you heard the [news] John O'Brien's six shows consolidated. 11th annual tour. Exhibits during the centenial [sic, centennial] year for 25 cents admission! no half price. :

Moving mechanical wonders [.] Life size [.] J. O'Brien's great travelling moral exposition of the wonder world [.] Animate and inanimate curiosities. [Printed within oval] Admission 25 cts [cents] to all tents. Rare excerpts of living wild animals [,] museum caravan & hippodrome - one ticket admits to all....
[John O'Brien's Circus].
Summary:Circus playbill, featuring text and images printed on both sides of the sheet and detailed copy describing what the public can see in John O'Brien's circus, museum and hippodrome including a large menagerie of "performing elephants!", a kangaroo, a "monster sea lion!", various bears, different species of deer and large cats and unusual and exotic birds (such as pelicans and birds of paradise). Above text continues: "This stupendous circus menagerie, museum and hippodrome! 8 centre pole tents! is many times larger, finer and costlier than any of the tented exhibitions, that are now exhibiting for fifty cents. Let the public judge for itself, and not be influenced by the expressions of any one. We give 2 distinct circus exhibitions in 2 separate rings both exhibitions are carried on at the same time by a great double circus troupe which in addition to the vast menagerie and museum, can be seen for only 25 cents admission. Read the names, of a few only, of the distinguished artists, who appear in this great double circus! Madame Eliza Cook, pronounced by all who have witnessed her graceful and daring acts in the arena to be the champion lady equestrian of the world. Walter B. Aymar, the world-famed bare-backed equestrian. Mr. James Cook, the famous English comique, Shakespearian jester and master of the circle. The Aymar family, George, Albert, Willie and Belle lately of the Imperial Circus, Paris. Masters George & Harry Wambold, unequaled [sic, unequalled] juvenile acrobats and gymnasts. La Nina Belle, the Cuban Sylph. Master Willie, the hero of the lofty trapeze. William Blaisdell, champion hurdle rider. Eugene Sanborn, the great somersault rider. Mons. Guillamette, the famous French juggler and contortionist. Arthur Thompson, the Hercules of the arena. George Wambold's 12 educated dogs will appear in hurdle-races and other equestrian scenes and also rival in dexterity any acrobatic exhibitions ever given by man. Miss Nellie Collins, Miss Cora Delancy, Miss Mabel Foster, [will] appear in chaste and elegant acts of equestrianism. Major Harry Cooley, and his trained animals.Performing elephants, lions, tigers, horses, ponies, mules an other animals...Hundreds of objects of wonder! Behold the great dress parade! and review 2 full bands led by Prof. Alex. Scott and Signor P. Rossi combining under the canvas in one moster musical brigade comprising twenty twenty solo performers. Previous to the afternoon and evening performances the two bands will make a parade from the Hotel to the Show Lot, preceded by Drum Major Herr Chang, from Berlin, in their new and splendid Chasseur uniforms, making a display seldom witnessed. A mile of gilded, carved and golden cages, elephants robed in velvet, knights, cavaliers and ladies, mounted 40 iron bound dens! Representing a cash investment of tousands of dollars. Visit the show grounds; see the army of laborers making the 2 remote rings, and the the acres of canvas! Don't be deceived by the malicious statements of jealous rivals, who are enraged because we believe and practice the principle of "Live and let live" and exhibit our great show for 25 cents admission, while our opponents demand double our rates, and present not one-half the attractions for 50 cents that we do for 25. John O'Brien - Sole Proprietor. Chas [Charles] H. Castle - Director General. Read the advertisements, illustrated catalogues and posters for details. See other side [of this sheet]. Exhibits afternoon and evening at [this stamped in black ink at foot of sheet] Hudson. Monday. June. 5. Sheet somewhat distressed".
Format: BOOK
Published / Created: [New York : James Reilly, Printer and Engraver, 12, 14 & 16 Spruce Street, June 1876?].
Notes:This item is held in the Department of Ephemera.

Physical description: 1 playbill [2 pp.] : b&w ills., 71 x 26.8 cm.

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