Thursday, May 19, 2011

Circus Day!

Happy Circus Day! Did you know it was Circus Day??? I bet you didn't, but if you did...well...you would be awesome at Trivial Pursuit. I actually read it on a book blog..so I cannot say that I already knew it. Today is in commemoration of the Ringling Brothers opening their famous circus in 1884. Cool huh? Anyway...being that today is Circus Day...I wanted to talk about...



Circus stamps! The stamp shown above was issued in 1966. The first day cover was issued out of Delavan, Wisconsin...which coincidentally is the birthplace of John Ringling. BUT...did you know that John Ringling bought the Barnum and Bailey Circus after P.T. Barnum and James Baileys deaths? Which is why the circus is now called, Ringling Bros., and Barnum and Bailey Circus.



But lets not forget that there were other Circus stamps released in the US. In April 1993 the USPS released the set of stamps shown above to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first circus performance in the United States. That first performance was in Philadelphia on April 3, 1793. The circus was brought over from England by John Bill Ricketts.

Neat info right? I think those are the only Circus stamps that were issued...if I am wrong PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know!

9 comments:

  1. the circus is a theme for now, Water for Elephants in movie theaters and Cirque de Soleil in Pittsburgh with the Totem show.

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  2. I love your posts about historical stamps, so cool. xox Corrine

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  3. Recently I used one of these old circus stamps on a postcard. It was so nice to have a 29 cent stamp instead of using the Polar Bear plus 1.

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  4. How funny. I did not know that...but then again I do learn a lot from your blog. Even more odd is that I finished reading Water For Elephants on Circus day!

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  5. Great post, and fabulous stamps!

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  6. Everyone- I am really glad that you all enjoy my random stamp posts. I try to learn something new each day and it gives me great pleasure to be able to share my knowledge with all of you!

    Superhero- I do like Flingshot Monkeys!

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  7. Circus Day! LOL! I never know what you're going to post about here, but it's always fun to stop by and see!!

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  8. These are fun stamps, aren't they! You need to come down to Cincinnati and catch the Circus poster exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum...it's great!!

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