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91/258 Banner, side show, 'Malcolm's Mice Circus', paint on canvas, Australia, 1950-1959. Click to enlarge.

Malcolm's Mice Circus' banner from the 1950's

Designed
This sideshow banner has significance as a record of popular entertainment presented at sideshows in Australia during the 1950s and later. Used at Sydney's annual Royal Easter Show and at other showground venues, its function was to hang outside a sideshow attraction to attract customers by suggesting excitement, colour, sensation and bizarre fantasy.

The imagery on the banner conveys cultural attitudes prevalent in the 1950s, specifically a fascination with animal novelty acts.The subject …

Summary

Object No.

91/258

Object Statement

Banner, side show, 'Malcolm's Mice Circus', paint on canvas, Australia, 1950-1959

Physical Description

Banner with blue background and yellow border, numerous cartoon style mice dressed in shirts and tops, performing acrobatic acts in a circus ring. Text in red across yellow scroll, reads 'Malcom's Mice Circus'. At bottom left 'M. McGann L4048 Brisbane'.

Marks

Title, red letters on yellow scrolls across top of banner, paint, 'Malcolm's Mice Circus', bottom left of banner, 'M.McGann L4048 Brisbane'

Dimensions

Height

1766 mm

Width

3537 mm

Production

Notes

The banner was created for showman Arthur Cheyne and his partners Bert Washington and Ronny Burns, who put on shows in sideshow alley. The name at the bottom left of the banner is thought to be the artist's: 'M.McGann L4048 Brisbane'.

History

Notes

Used for many years by showman Arthur Cheyne and his partners Bert Washington and Ronny Burns, to advertise their shows in sideshow alley at Sydney's Royal Easter Show and other shows.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Arthur Cheyne, 1991

Acquisition Date

14 May 1991

Cite this Object

Harvard

Malcolm's Mice Circus' banner from the 1950's 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/116643>

Wikipedia

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