Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Presidential Wax Museum & Circus Poster. A highly-colorful 40" x 30" poster that advertises "W. W. Cole's New Colossal Show [of] Prominent Americans." It dates circa 1885 and represents a form of public entertainment that combined elements of the circus, Barnum's American Museum and Buffalo Bill's Wild West. The show had four rings or elements: Circus Menagerie, Museum and Wax Statuary, Hippodrome and Racing, and the Mexicans and Wild West. The central portion of the poster depicts the prominent Americans contained in the "Gallery of Wax Statuary." They include all the presidents through Cleveland, Vice President Hendricks, Roscoe Conkling, Ben Butler, Jay Gould, W. H. Vanderbilt, James G. Blaine, Henry Ward Beecher and T. DeWitt Talmadge. The condition is excellent. There is a remnant of a pasted-on "detail" strip along the bottom edge. This has great crossover appeal and would be a "stellar" attraction gracing the wall of any collector's den.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    17th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 788

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 6 days left to consign to the 2018 August 18 Americana & Political - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $621,865