1930s Bonnie and Clyde Freak Show Banner


An amazing, and all together totally unique, item in the world of serious Gangster collectibles, an original and authentic early 1930s traveling sideshow banner exploiting the antics of criminals, Bonnie and Clyde, and perhaps the only one of it's type still in existence upon the face of the planet.


This Crime Wave Bonnie and Clyde banner was originally found by noted freak show banner expert, Bruce Webb. He found the banner in Kansas City, Missouri, nearly two decades ago inside a barn. He professionally unwrapped the piece, and produced what you see now. The banner has never been restored, nor requires a restoration as the rotted left side, and few holes within the piece remain as a natural testament for what it is!  Webb did 'treat' the banner to prevent any further damage resulting from insects, or the like, and has made the canvas stable.


One of he first ever Bonnie and Clyde road show banners to to exploit Bonnie and Clyde when they were still living. Bonnies' beret is featured on in this banner's art (like the Joplin, Mo. pictures), which could date the banner back to 1933, but the banner could have possibly been manufactured at the very first part of 1934. These dates all are in sync with how this particular banner was constructed. This is why their names are not printed at all upon the poster as the road show profiteers were not stupid, because if their names were on it, that might have led to a visit from the gangsters, and the outcome of that visit could have been less than pleasant.


The banner has been on exhibit  in a freak show banner display held at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas.


The art style is like that of freak show banners, which are highly sought and collected today.


Above from the Collection of Thomas Carl Rainone.




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