Exhibition - Magic and Melodrama: Cincinnati Posters from the Gilded Age

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


At the turn of the 20th century, traveling actors, illusionists, and theatrical producers promoted live performances with brilliantly colored printed outdoor advertisements. These pictured magic tricks, fantastic battles, heartbreaking scenes, and grand dance numbers, among many other images. See posters for stage productions of TheWizard of Oz and Peter Pan long before they graced the silver screen, and discover lesser-known acts that have been all but forgotten. This exhibition features seven theater posters from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. All were created in Cincinnati by the Strobridge Lithographing Company. Led by Hines Strobridge, the firm utilized steam-powered presses specially equipped for color lithography to become a leading international producer of entertainment advertising. 

Exhibition Date: May 3, 2019 – August 18, 2019 

Museum Admission:

$10.00 - $12.00: Adults

$8.00 - $10.00: Seniors

Members, youth (18 and under), and active military are always FREE!

Admission is FREE on Sundays!

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