Back slanted type, always good.

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth

Inspiration.

Affiche of The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth — The great Coney Island water carnaval.
Poster (1898) measures about 99 x 73 cm. and is on show at the Brooklyn Museum, until March 13 2016.

Not sure who’s stealing the show, but we’re biased anyway as we’re a sucker for back slanted type. Spotted this poster at the great Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. On show until mid March 2016.

The poster is printed by The Strobridge Lithographing Company, in service 1878-1939. There’re are lots of others samples visible online. Some are available offline too, but prices vary. A few years ago some are also bundled into a book.