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David Smart's Super Circus (c1980 - 1983)

 Organisation

Biography

David Smart's Super Circus was establised by David Smart (1929-2007), son of Billy and Dolly Smart. The circus was establised in 1980 as a static show at Battersea Park in London, but by this time circuses were in decline and the enterprise did not last long.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Circus Friends Association Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

David Smart Super Circus Programme, c1900 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.227
Scope and Contents

Battersea Park. Colour illustration of female equestrian wearing a long red outfit and a top hat, a female's face wearing golden hair dress and necklace and a clown's face on the right hand side and a trapeze act on the left on a blue background on the front cover, inside introduction, colour and black and white photographs of performers and acts, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 6p.p

Dates: c1900 - 1999

David Smart Super Circus Programme, c1900 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.228
Scope and Contents

Battersea Park. Colour illustration of female equestrian wearing a long red outfit and a top hat, a female's face wearing golden hair dress and necklace and a clown's face on the right hand side and a trapeze act on the left on a blue background on the front cover, inside introduction, colour and black and white photographs of performers and acts, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 6p.p

Dates: c1900 - 1999

David Smart's Super Circus Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.54
Scope and Contents

Battersea Park, London Summer Season. Colour illustration of female equestrian in long red gown and top hat riding a white horse, trapeze act on bottom left and clown and female face on centre right, also aerial act on crescent moon on top left corner, over a blue background and blue and white borders. Printed in England by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Posters, c1800 - 2011

 Series
Reference code: 178R47
Scope and Contents

A wide range of British and international circus and menagerie posters ranging from the 19th to the 21st century including Astley's Amphitheatre, Pablo Fanque, Polito, Bostock and Wombwell, Ducrow, Cooke, Hengler, Sanger, Smart, Gerry Cottle, Bertram Mills, Chipperfield's, Robert Brothers, Fossett, Blackpool Tower, Billy Russell, Belle Vue, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Austen Brothers and many more.

Dates: c1800 - 2011

Programmes, c1800 - 2019

 Series
Reference code: 178K43
Scope and Contents

A collection of mainly British and international circus programmes and some variety and music hall programmes containing circus acts.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

Smart Circus Posters, c1946 - 1999

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178R47.52-140
Scope and Contents

Billy Smart's and David Smart's Circus posters.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Smart Circus Programmes, c1900 - 1999

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178K43.173-229
Scope and Contents

Smart Circus programmes, including Billy Smart Circus, David Smart Circus and Smart Circus Royal Performance Galas.

Dates: c1900 - 1999

Smart Family Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0079
Scope and Contents

This collection contains posters, programmes, letters, film, business records and a large number of family and circus photographs. This unique family collection charts the history of the Smart family from their beginnings as fairground showmen to presenting one of the greatest British circuses.

Dates: c1890 - 2014