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Contortionists

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 36 Collections and/or Records:

Argyle Theatre Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0117
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a large number of posters as well as business records including records of artist bookings, accounts, scrapbooks, contracts and correspondence.

Dates: 1865 - 1941

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 25 January 1892

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.600
Scope and Contents

Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Vonare Lady contortionist, Violet Reefern Serio and descriptive dancer, The Two Howes comedians and dancers, Harry Stennet transatlantic performer, Fred Harrington Anglo-Dutch Milanese piper and ballad vocalist, May Oliver Anglo-American soubrette, Olvene and Nestal trapeze artists, Master Charl prince of the silver wire, Nellie Gertie, The Minims grand instrumental Speciality. Printed by S. Griffith and Co, typeers, Liverpool. Green and red type.

Dates: 25 January 1892

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 29 January 1940

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.88
Scope and Contents

Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. The Four Aces BBC and Recording Stars, Dominic Roche and Company in 'Home and Duty', Larry Kemble A Darned Nuisance, Wally Wood Comedian, Les Parisanas Musical Moments, Cawalini’s Dogs, The Young China Troupe Contortions and Acrobatics. Printed by A. Sam Griffith Poster, Printed McC. H. Ltd., Liverpool. Red type.

Dates: 29 January 1940

Argyle Theatre of Varieties Poster, 9 November 1896

 Item
Reference code: 178R12.109
Scope and Contents Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead. Mr Pat Rafferty Irish Comedian, The Vitagraph: Living Pictures! Animated Photographs! To enable the Proprietors (Messrs. Chard and Co.) to give them a complete and perfect Exhibition of the Vitagraph, the same as produced by them in London, the Management have made special arrangements for the introduction of the Electric Light, Sarina The White Demon and Contortionist, Lillian Bishop Male Impersonator and Burlesque Actress, Quinton Gibson Female...
Dates: 9 November 1896

Benneweis Cirkus by Gningen Programme, 1977

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.13
Scope and Contents

90th year celebrations, Nelly Jane and Sonny Benneweis ringmaster, Dirch and Kaas clowns, Lilly Yokoi trick cyclist, Wendy Duer and her birds, Lee Pee Ville magician, Jule and bubi clowns, Family Munoz high-wire, Salvador ball balancing, Matild contortionist, Cata Polen Polish equilibrists, Cata Polen tumblers, Les Chabres dog act. Contains photos, 28p.p.

Dates: 1977

Billy Russell’s Circus Spectacular Programme, 1975

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.7
Scope and Contents Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, Inga Lise Ringmistress. Mary Chipperfield’s Liberty ponies and Zebras and elephants, The Knick Nocs knockabout comedy, Old Regnas The Tramp and his Comedy Dogs and Donkey, The Siberas balancing act, Jacko Fossett and Little Billy clowns, The Trio Anastasini juggling, The Brandt Brothers springboard acrobatics, Bela and her Comedy Camel, The Two Franks acrobatics and contortionism, Spaghetti and Company comics, Max Morris and his Sea Lions, Anna Arata and Lily...
Dates: 1975

Billy Russell’s Circus Spectacular Programme, 1977

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.17
Scope and Contents

The Two Bohumils jugglers, The Robert Brothers Camel Caravan, elephants and ponies, Skippy the Boxing Kangaroo, Blanini aerialist, Jacko Fossett and Little Billy clowns, Markus and Rosita strongman, The Valla Bertini Troupe trick cyclist, The Wychwoods magic and dog act, Chyfudey contortion, acrobatic and balancing act, The Bjoerlings equestrian act, Bobby Dixon comedy acrobat, The Tanger troupe tumblers. Contains illustration with photos, 24p.p.

Dates: 1977

Billy Russell’s Circus Spectacular Programme, 1974

 Item
Reference code: 178K41.1
Scope and Contents Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, Leigh Marsh and her Poodles, Mimo Veneziano Juggler, balancer and wire act, Jacko Fossett, Little Billy and Co.clowns, Mary Chipperfield’s African Elephants, Freddy and Gabriella trapeze, Jumping Jack comic on the trampoline, The Bertini Family unicycling and acrobatics, Big and Little horse and pony De Wert aerialist, Mary Chipperfield’s Exotic Group, The Kam Tai Troupe contortion, Balancing and acrobatic act, The Flying Oslers trapeze, Dogsi’s Football Dogs....
Dates: 1974

Charles Taylor Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0069
Scope and Contents

The Charles Taylor collection is a fine example of Taylor’s of Wombwell printers’ posters, which highlight changes in printing techniques, fashion and taste within the popular entertainment industry. Included are examples of posters for pantomimes, fairs and circuses. The collection also contains handbills and other advertising material.

Dates: c1937 - 1989

Chinese Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Quidan, Australian National Circus, Louie Knie and Circus Hinter den Kulissen Films, 1997 - 2000

 Item
Reference code: 178D13.3
Scope and Contents ARTE TV, ProSieven, IS TV Interspot Film. Colour and black and white, sound and background music. DVD 1 assorted clips of the Shengyan New Chinese Circus performing acts including balancing, acrobatics, clowning, aerial and contorsionist acts, also behind the scenes circus life and scenes in China, narrated in German, tv programme by Pierre Fournier Bidoz and Dominique Mauclair for Arte TV 1999. Cirque du Soleil performing 'Quidan' including aerial acts, clowning, juggling and singing in...
Dates: 1997 - 2000

Christopher Palmer Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0105
Scope and Contents

Circus programmes and VHS tapes from Billy Smart’s Circus and Chipperfields’s Circus collected during the 1970s and early 1980s by the TV producer, Christopher John Palmer. There are also a number of promotional photographs of artistes and other ephemera related to the circus.

Dates: 1973 - 1983

Circus Apollo Britain's Supersonic Circus Poster, 10 - 12 November 1977

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.44
Scope and Contents

Rowley Regis. Acts include Buffalo Billy Wild, Miss Gina, contortions, The Martells, Debbie Sue, Aerialist.

Dates: 10 - 12 November 1977

Circus Apollo Britain's Supersonic Circus Poster, 19 - 20 July c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.476
Scope and Contents

Abergele, Wales. Acts include Bionic Bertha, Miss Gina-contortionist, The Martells and others. Red and blue type on yellow background.

Dates: 19 - 20 July c1970 - 1979

Circus Apollo Poster, c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.665
Scope and Contents

Poster left blank for overprinting location and date. The Ivanos, Les Puppeteers, Gonzarlez, Miss Debbie Sue, Barbarella’s Abounding Hounds, Mac Sisters Wild West Supershow, Miss Gina Contortions, J.J. Marriott, Marc Christian, Alando and Loui. Multicoloured type on white background.

Dates: c1970 - 1979

Circus Apollo Poster, c1970 - 1979

 Item
Reference code: 178R11.666
Scope and Contents

Poster left blank for over-printing location and date. The Ivanos, Les Puppeteers, Debbie Sue, Barbarella’s Abounding Hounds, Mac Sisters Wild West Supershow, Miss Gina Contortions, Marc Christian, Alando and Co. Multicoloured type on white background.

Dates: c1970 - 1979

Circus Films, c1950 - 1959

 Item
Reference code: 178D24.2
Scope and Contents Copy of film on DVD showing scenery and cities around the world including Berlin, China, Paris, New York City, Coney Island, women lifting weights on the beach, acrobatics, scenes at Clyde Beatty circus and elephants at Sarasota among others. Also people ice skating, people on a cruise ship, a plane taking off, a lorry on fire, people parachuting from a metal contraption, warships being sunk, a street festival in Africa, a football match, scenes in India including a burial, a female...
Dates: c1950 - 1959

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

Circus Posters Printed by Taylor's of Wombwell, c1970 - 1979

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178R11.400-476
Scope and Contents

Circus posters printed by Taylor's of Wombwell.

Dates: c1970 - 1979

Circus Posters Printed by Taylor's of Wombwell, c1965 - 1979

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178R11.29-131
Scope and Contents

Circus posters printed by Taylor's of Wombwell.

Dates: c1965 - 1979

Digger Pugh Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0179
Scope and Contents

Archive of the Digger Pugh family including newspaper cuttings, photographs, negatives, business records, programmes, research material, posters and films.

Dates: c1930 - 2010