The first Ringling Brothers “big top performance” was held May 19, 1884, in Baraboo, Wis. Baraboo today is the home of the Circus World museum, a Wisconsin historic site.
On May 5, the United States Postal Service issued eight Vintage Circus Posters stamps at a first-day ceremony in Sarasota, Fla.
On the same day, the Baraboo post office held a ceremony at the museum and sold stamps out of a Cole Brothers circus ticket wagon. The cancellation shown here was offered at the Baraboo event.
To obtain the Baraboo postmark, which has received a 30-day extension, send requests to the following address:
CIRCUS WORLD Station, Box 9998, Baraboo, WI 53913-9998, May 5.
Instructions for requesting postmarks
For complete instructions for requesting postmarks, click here.