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||Picture [text, still image, sheet]
||[Brisbane?] : S.A. Best Pty. Ltd., [between 1930 and 1939]
1 poster : colour illustration ; 76 x 102 cm
Poster of artwork in colour lithography advertising circus performances. An oversize clown dressed in red and white is holding his hat in a welcoming posture against a background of a starry night sky with big top circus tents, vans, crowds, horses and elephants in the foreground. There are many national flags on the top of the tents, including Australia, United States, United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium and other countries. Words on vans and flags read: Bullen Bros Circus and 'The Big Show.'
Alfred Percival Bullen (1896-1974) and his wife Lilian EtheI (1894-1965), began travelling around country shows with a pony and a few pairs of roller-skates. By 1922 the Bullens organized their own circus. In the 1930s it travelled in Queensland with a show that included its own brass band and a menagerie. They became one of Australia's biggest and most exciting circuses. By 1955 the two-ringed circus had twenty-six acts of international class, its own mobile power plant, three diesel lighting plants, a schoolteacher, fifty-six vehicles and caravans, and eighty permanent staff who called Bullen "Pop". Their white Rolls-Royce led the procession of long, brightly-decorated caravans from town to town. Bullen's Circus gave its last performance on on 25 May 1969.
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