In museums, posters are called broadsides.  This means a big (or broad) sheet of paper that is usually printed on one side.  Many broadsides were hung up to advertise an event or a place.  After a while, most were torn down and thrown away.  The few that were saved give us clues to what was happening in Vermont at a certain time or place.  What do these broadsides tell you about Vermont history?


This poster advertises a display of the very large panther that was shot in 1881.  You can see the stuffed panther (or catamount) at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.  High quality scan  Transcription

Explore More The Last Catamount in Vermont

Barnum's Circus is coming to town!  What can this poster tell us about entertainment in Vermont in 1885?  High quality scan

Explore More The Circus and Fair: A Summertime Delight (PDF .6MB)
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