Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner
Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner

Antique Mechanical Circus "Wonder Of The Age" Large Banner

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This antique canvas banner advertises for a historic mechanical circus. The banner likely originates from around the turn of the century. Please take a close look at the photos for details on condition of the banner.

Regarding it's history, if the banner came from Europe then there are a few possibilities. If it came from the U.S. then one rather strange, but strong, contender is Professor Faber's Wonderful Talking Machine. It was invented right at the human-aided automaton era (later followed by the coin-operated era) in the early 1840s, although it did take Australian inventor Joseph Fabre a few tries to get it right. In 1845 he presented it in Philadelphia, and again in 1846 in London.
A revamped version started touring with P.T. Barnum in the 1870s.

What made "Euphonia" such an interesting machine is the movements of the throat and mouth that emulated human movements in sound. It was so eerie and weird that people believed there was a trapped soul or a reanimated corpse being manipulated - hence the overemphasis on the word "Mechanical."

This banner measures 171"L x 60"H.

AF - 4444 - 081623

 

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