POSTERS: SPECIAL THEMES
AT TIMES THE SHOW'S POSTER WOULD EMPHASIZE THE THEME OF A PARTICULAR PRODUCTION NUMBER.
SUCH AS THIS PATRIOTIC THEME IN 1943
COMMENT FROM CHRIS BERRY,
In 1942 John Ringling North wanted something unique in the show so he asked George Balanchine to choreograph a ballet for the big show herd. Balanchine then asked Igor Stravinksy to write the music and the "circus polka" was born. Poster enthusiasts aren't wishy-washy about this design - they either love it or hate it. It may not be too "circusy" but the design by famed poster artist E. McKnight Kauffer and produced by the McCandlish Litho Co of Philadelphia is sought-after by collectors because of the many powerful names on it: Stravinsky, Balanchine, Kauffer and of course Ringling, Barnum & Bailey.