Magic and romance: gilded age. Posters of Cincinnati

Exhibition May 3 − August 18, 2019
At the turn of the 20th century, traveling actors, illusionists, and theater producers promoted live performances with vibrant color print ads. The posters depicted magic tricks, fantastic battles, heart-rending scenes and grand dance numbers.

In thisexhibition There are seven theater posters from the Cincinnati Public Library and Hamilton County collections. All of them were created in Cincinnati by the lithographic company Strobridge. Led by Hines Strobridge, the company used steam presses specially equipped for color lithography to become a leading international manufacturer of entertainment advertising.