Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Sideshow Banners of Fred Johnson

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Fred G. Johnson was considered to be one of the finest side show banner painters in the history of the circus and sideshow world. He had a 65-year career of banner painting, creating many works that are still prized by collectors and museums around the world. He worked for the O. Henry Tent and Awning Company in Chicago for 40 years from 1934 - 1974. His ingenious, old school techniques for painting banners inspired generations of younger painters.

These objects are huge, sometimes 10 to 15 feet in size (and some much larger!), a slight drawback to those who like to exhibit their art. But the cool thing is that many of these banners are for sale (and some are sold) by a private collector in Westfield, Indiana. You can learn more by e-mailing the collector: See more banners and prices here.


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Jade Graham said...

He worked for the O. Henry Tent and Awning Company in Chicago for 40 years from 1934 - 1974. His ingenious. banners Chicago

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These works are very bigger than life and plain old fun. Amazing stuff.

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