A spectacular pair of lithographed toy acrobats dating from about 1880!  This set is just wonderful!  I love how the front and backs are both so marvelously-detailed!  I’m not sure of the maker of this set – perhaps McLoughlin Brothers or Bliss.  Does anyone have any ideas?

It was during the Victorian era that the circus gained wide-spread popularity in the United States and toy companies produced many circus-related toys during this time.  The book The Circus and Victorian Society, by Brenda Assael, examines the phenomenon of this “circus craze” of the late 1800s.

It was during the Victorian era that the circus, whose origins lay in the fairground world, emerged as a commercialized entertainment that we would recognize today. This development was intricately tied to a widespread demand for circus acts by a broad range of classes.  The Victorian circus ring was a showcase for equestrian battle scenes, Chinese jugglers, clowns, female acrobats, and child performers…

If anyone has any additional information on this rare toy, please contact me!  It is currently listed for sale on Ebay.  Please check my listings on the link at the top of the page!

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