Zykes and His Show

Zykes and His Show

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Description
This black and white print with tint shows a center tent with banners and a pennant which reads "Zykes." A barker holds the tent flap open as he urges the crowd to come inside. Other people are watching a magician in the foreground. On the left side of the print is a tavern with “…boken” painted on the sign above the door. The background contains a waterfall and buildings on top of a cliff. No information is known about Zykes, the show proprietor.
This lithograph was produced by the Metropolitan Printing Company and E. Rothengatter. Emil Rothengatter (1848-1939) was a German-born artist and designer of circus posters who worked in cities including Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1896 he won a contest to design the flag of Cincinnati for a work he called “Zero of Burnet Woods.” However, controversy over whether Cincinnati should have a flag delayed the design’s formal adoption until 1940. Emil Rothengatter also wrote a book entitled Art of Poster Making in the United States, published in 1911. He died in New York.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
n.d.
maker
Metropolitan Printing Company
Rothengatter
place made
United States: New York, New York City
depicted
United States: New Jersey, Hoboken
Measurements
image: 15 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in; 39.37 cm x 52.07 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3018
catalog number
60.3018
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Drinking
Children
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Architecture, Commercial Buildings
Circus
Theater
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Advertising
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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