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Popular Entertainment Posters

The Popular Entertainment Collections include over one thousand circus posters spanning the era 1880-1950, and ranging in size from window cards and broadsides to billboard size. A large collection of theatre and vaudeville posters spans the same period and features turn of the century melodramas, musical comedies, and popular vaudevillians. The Strobridge Lithographing Company of New York and Cincinnati produced many of these posters between 1890 and 1920. They are colorful examples of the lithographer’s art and prime examples of early advertising.

World War II Posters

During World War II, various US government agencies including the Office for War Information produced posters designed to encourage citizens to support the war effort. While many had overtly political messages, many were simply moral and pragmatic lessons. From the military collection of the New York State Museum.

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