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Call number CWi 21042
Title Adam Forepaugh Circus
Collection Courier
Date 1887
Object Name Courier
Creator Courier Co.
Scope & Content A courier for a performance at Chillicothe on Monday, August 1, 1887. Performers listed include Captain A. H. Bogadus, Blondin, Texas Cowboys, Mexican Vaqueros, and Cheyenne and Pawnee Indians.

A courier was a form of advertisement used by circuses in conjunction with posters and heralds and would be distributed in advance of the arrival of a circus. Couriers varied in size and format depending upon the show and the amount invested in their production. Couriers often contained elaborate imagery similar to posters and programs distributed by the circus that same year. It is not unusual to see couriers printed either in color or in black and white. Couriers could also be small publications similar in appearance to programs or larger prints resembling newspapers.