Posters were used to announce upcoming human zoos and advertise the shows, highlighting their specific qualities and unique features.
1886 poster for an exhibition of a presentation of paintings of the stars (“Bilder a. d. Sternenwelt”) that took place in the Prater in Vienna. The second attraction mentioned on the poster is Mik Schorn – 17 years old, 3 meters tall and weighing 400 kg – and her uncle Mastre Shorp from the Congo performing his traditional dances and chants:
1887 Exhibition of Arabs of the Sahara Desert at the Hippodrome in Paris, France. Probably these two were test-prints or drafts which would explain why they were printed on cardboard:
1893 at the Exposition d’Ethnographie Coloniale 150 people form Dahomey (“Dahomeens”) were exhibited in Paris at the Champs de Mars. Chiefs, Amazones and warriors (“Chefs, Amazones, Guerriers”) presented their culture, customs, houses, battles and more (“mœurs, coutumes, habitations, combats, etc.”):
1906 The Carl Hagenbeck Greater Shows toured the USA and presented “Carl Hagenbeck’s East India Exposition” – a human zoo of more than 100 individuals from India presenting the “traditional” life of India:
1911 Gustav Hagenbeck’s grösste indische Völkerschau der Welt was presented at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Apart from the performances in the Arena visitors could buy indian products – made by participants of the human zoo – at the Indian Market:
Late 1920ies (??) a poster from Circus Busch in cooperation with John Hagenbeck that announces a caravan of Indians and Singhalese (“Indier- und Singhalesen-Karawane”) and a Indian Village (“Indierdorf”):
1948 (??) Poster for an exhibition at the Hagenbeck Zoo commemorating the 100th birthday of the Hagenbeck enterprise. The depicted mask is similar to those used in Sri Lanka for the so-called “devils dances” which were also performed during human zoos at the Hagenbeck Zoo – as seen on the postcard. Thus the poster could refer to the long tradition of human zoos at the Hagenbeck Zoo: