Does anyone have any information on M.L. Clark & Sons Combined Shows, The Greatest Performance of Acrobatic Wonders Ever Exhibited? I have a poster printed by the Riverside Printing Co. Milwaukee #2514 with this on it and many acrobatic wonders being displayed. I can’t find any information on M. L. Clark & Sons, and would like to know what date this would have been published.
Kris & Phil Coneybeer
My apologies to all. I should have looked for this yesterday. The Riverside Printing Co. was based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their final year of operation was 1937. So while it is still not an exact year of use, it will be 1930 or earlier.
Several things to consider is the exact ownership and time frame. The M.L. Clark Circus was owned by M.L. Clark from 1883 to 1901. The name was then changed to M.L. Clark & Sons with M.L. Clark, & Lee Clark as the owners. This remained the same from 1902 until 1929. The show didn’t go out in 1922 that I know of. Floyd and Howard King used the title of M.L. Clark & Great Sangor Circus in 1922. E.E. Coleman then took out the M.L. Clark & Sons Circus in 1930. He revised the same title again in 1943, 1945, and 1946.
The year(s) this poster was used could be verified through the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin or the Ringling Museums in Sarasota, Florida who now offer the entire Howard Tibbals poster collection on line for your viewing pleasure. This poster is on the Ringling Museum display but offers no year of use. Is there a possibility that any of you have a date sheet attached stating what day they would be in that town?
The poster was designed and then used as a “Stock” poster. That is why you have seen the same poster with different titles. Some of the more popular posters have been used by as many as six different titles that I know of. I hope this helps.
I have this poster but the name on mine is Walter l. Main. First time I saw 2 names on the same poster. Is this the same poster? [poster image not displayed here – webmaster] Mine is on canvas about 3″ by 4″, my guess is that they are very rare.
I am related to the Clark Brothers Circus. It went by many names from about 1880 till 1929. Wiley C. Clark started the Clark Circus in Texas. Then he and his brother M.L. Clark were pardners. Then M.L. Clark went on his own. He and his two sons Lum and Willie wintered in Alexandria, LA. They toured mainly in the East, North East, and South. Please contact me if you would like to talk further about the Clark Circus.
Thanks, Virginia Clark Brown
I have the same vintage poster of M.L. Cark and Sons combined show, The greatest performance of acrobatic wonders ever exhibited. I can not find anything on it either on this poster. I do not think there is a great value. Should you find anything please share it with me – I will do the same.
Best regards. Yvon, Longueuil
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