Circus. Monday Night. Under the patronage of Captain E. E. Potter, and Officers of the U.S.S. Lancaster. [Drop title].
Jamestown, St. Helena: Benjamin Grant, Printer, (n. d.), circa 1885. 10-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. Broadside. White silk with brown border and brown and white fringe, printed in black. Light soiling; some crimping to fringe. Very Good.
A rare silk broadside for a circus starring Edward Huxter, a British performer, his wife (listed here only as "Mrs. Huxter"), and a troupe of clowns, gymnasts, and equestrians, which was presumably staged somewhere on St. Helena island. Its guests of honor were Captain Edward Eells Potter and his fellow officers from the U.S.S. Lancaster; Potter commanded the Lancaster from 1883-1886, so we date this broadside to that period. The printer, Benjamin Grant, also printed and edited the Guardian newspaper from his shop in Jamestown, and was the foremost printer in St. Helena in his day.
In addition to information about the time and seat prices, the broadside includes a full program of the night's entertainment. Following a musical overture, Edward Huxter, "the Champion Vaulter of the Colonies", performed the "American Tremplin" (trampoline?), after which Mrs. Huxter performed "on her highly-trained Colonial Horse Captain". Tumbling and comedic acts came next, including clowns, a "bimbo", and what were probably non-Asian performers in yellow-face (doing a "Jingling Jumpers or Chinese games" act, among others), then a performance on the slack rope, another equestrian stunt by Mr. Huxter, and finally an equestrian pantomime, "Brigand of the Alps".
An uncommon piece of circus history, and a scarce St. Helena imprint. Not located in OCLC.