Circus art is loved all over the world. Professional circus performers were famous in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Byzantium.
Since time immemorial, circus artists have performed in Russia. And so it is natural that this art is reflected in fiction, painting, and cinema. They depict the circus on badges, matchbox labels, stamps and marked envelopes.
Stamps dedicated to the circus are issued in many countries of the world, primarily in the countries of the socialist Commonwealth-in Bulgaria and the GDR, Hungary and Mongolia, Romania and the democratic people’s Republic of Korea. Several series were produced by the state of Monaco. They are dedicated to the circus art festivals that have been held annually in Monte Carlo since 1974. There are circus-themed stamps in the United States, France, and several other countries. Many stamps reproduce paintings by famous artists — A. Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, F. Tichy, P. Picasso, J. Seurat, Ya.Bauch, dedicated to the people of the circus.
In the Soviet Union, 45 types of marked envelopes with images of circus buildings were issued. Many countries issue first-day redemption envelopes.
I want to tell you about some of the postal materials related to the circus that I have in my collection.
On January 28, 1928, a letter was sent by hasty mail from Moscow to Tiflis (as Tbilisi was called until 1936). It arrived in Tiflis on February 4. At this time, the city was home to a famous Russian clown-trainer, Anatoly Durov, the son of one of the founders of the famous dynasty, Anatoly Durov. Whether fees have a team of artists, which at the Pai circus (it was nationalized in the mid 20-ies, but was transferred to the Central office of the state circuses only in the early 30’s) suddenly fell, whether for advertising of the great artist and his attraction to came at this time in Tiflis letter was put round print advertising, reported speech A. A. Durova, This seal was put on the letter, which stated above. On the press in Georgian and Russian the call sign
inscription: “Circus, today’s tour of AA Durov”.
This is how the mail was used for advertising and promotion of circus art.
And here is the second envelope — the envelope of the first day, issued in Monaco and announced the release of a stamp dedicated to the VI International festival of circus art.
At this festival in 1979 in Monte Carlo, outstanding circus artists performed: the Felell brothers-tightrope walkers at a 14-meter height from the United States; the juggler Sofin Munteanu from Romania; the Kovacheva troupe, jumpers from Bulgaria; Alvin bale — American equilibrist from the Ringling, Barnum and Bailey circus; Take Usteri showed the balance on bamboo (Japan) and many, many others. And among these stars, a troupe from the Soviet Union — the equilibrists on pershy under the leadership of the people’s artist of the RSFSR Leonid Kostyuk-shone with their performance.
…The troupe performs in Monte Carlo before a jury headed by Prince Rainier III of Monaco. And the victory — the prize of the Golden Clown went to the Soviet Union.
And the first Golden Clown a year earlier was won by the troupe “Acrobats on swings” under the leadership of the honored artist of the RSFSR Venedikt Belyakov Jr. Last year, in 1981, the” Grand Prix ” Golden Clown was awarded to the clown-people’s artist of the RSFSR Oleg Popov.
And in memory of the VI festival there was a cheerful colorful envelope of the first day with a stamp, a special stamp of the first day’s cancellation and a drawing on the envelope…