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Thursday, February 25, 2016

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The weird sideshow banner art of Fred G. Johnson (41 Pics)

Fred G. Johnson (January 1892, Chicago, Illinois – 11 May 1990, Sun City, Arizona) was a prolific sideshow banner artist whose career spanned 65 years. He is considered to be one of the finest sideshow banner painters in the history of the circus and sideshow world.

His banner paintings were displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933, called A Century Of Progress, and by circuses such as Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, and Clyde Beatty. He has been called the “Picasso” of circus art.


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