The Common Size
of a Sideshow Banners?
In the golden days
of sideshows (correct that sideshow was a term that was for ten
in one live shows) all of the other shows on carnivals and
circuses (there were several THOUSAND SHOWS OF ALL TYPES) WERE
CALLED BY THEIR ATTRACTION TYPE: girl show, posing show, jig
show, revue, wild animal show, motordrome, illusion show, etc,
etc.. Reference: Volume one, "Pictorial History Of The American
Carnival" by Joe Mckennon.
Regarding banners on
sideshows. Many acts who were unique, such as one of a kind
freaks or unusual working acts.......would often carry their own
banner as they moved from one show to another. Therefore the
sideshows pretty well kept to a standard size which was ten feet
wide by eight feet high.
Today since there
are so very few ten in one shows, and space available is
premium, there is no longer a standard size. Rule of promotion:
use a banner big enough so it will catch the attention of the
passerby potential customer, that can be easily seen and
understood at a reasonable distance, Just bear in mind the
banner is your poster that must convince the passerby to part
with their money to view your attraction.
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