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October 15, 2013

Captain Bertram W. Mills, a horse-breeder and trainer who had served in the First World War, revived the fortunes of British circus. Starting at Christmas 1920, he presented a spectacular annual circus at Olympia with the very best acts and promotional material.

This illustrated poster spotlights one of the acts booked by Mills: Vittorio Ferroni, a horseback juggler. Ferroni was the fourth generation of a circus family, and was actually Hungarian, rather than Italian, as his name would suggest. He performed at Bertram Mills' Olympia circus between 1936-37.