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Scary Harry
03-05-2010, 06:40 PM
Does anyone know where to find circus sideshow banners, like you saw at the fair when you where a kid ( ex. the two headed snake ,usually on canvas ).

Allen H
03-05-2010, 07:11 PM
This company sells old circus posters, I have not checked them for freak show stuff.
I will dig around I know I found them once when I did a wrecked circus train themed trail.
Allen H

Killer Katie
03-06-2010, 08:26 AM
We actually painted them on sheets, gave the same effect. It will most likely be a lot cheaper if you have an aritst that can make them, on your staff. You can dye the sheets with tea, so give it an aged/canvas look, or you can buy canvas.
Good luck!

03-06-2010, 09:34 AM
I believe Pumpkin Pulp products has made some great looking sideshow banners (www.pumpkinpulp.com).

Scary Harry
03-06-2010, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the info guys, That was a big help.

03-06-2010, 12:06 PM
I agree that you can probably get out cheaper finding a local artist to paint from historical reference. But...if you're a purist, there's an old poster artist named Johnny Meah who specializes in sideshow-style art.
His website is:

Not sure if he does customs anymore, but the artwork is certainly inspiring!

03-06-2010, 02:28 PM
I got some from Ratso Retro before. http://www.ratsoretro.com/About_the_Artist.php

The Nightmare Factory
03-07-2010, 02:54 AM
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Dungeon Keeper
03-15-2010, 06:52 PM
We are doing banners as well.
We did a Google Image search for "sideshow banner" to get ideas and my sister is painting them with acrylic paint on duck cloth. We'll have 3 for under $50.