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Uncovered: American War of Circus Posters

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LONDON. Questionable business practices, smear campaigns and a two-headed woman: not a typical day at the office for conservators at the Northeast Document Conser vation Center in Andover, Massachusetts. The director of the centre's paper laboratory, Walter Newman, and his team were presented with a series of 19th-century boards from a house in northern Vermont. The removal of exterior siding during a 1991 home renovation revealed several 1883 posters advertising the Adam Forepaugh travelling circus. Soon after their discovery, the wooden boards were donated to nearby Shelburne Museum where they remained in storage until a recent $35,000 donation enabled their treatment.

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