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Topic: Keller Levitation Poster Question...please help!
Message: Posted by: sperris (Sep 23, 2004 09:51PM)
Hello, I'm interested in who was the artist was who created and painted the Keller Levitation poster where he is levitating the woman and she is about at knee lefel on her back and he has lightning bolts coming from his fingers. Sorry for the poor description, but I believe it was originally from around 1864 or 1894??? It is for an art piece and I need to give credit to the original artist, all and any help is appreciated! Thanks!

Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Sep 24, 2004 08:12PM)
I believe it was a staff artist from the Strobridge Lithographic company in Cincinnatti, Ohio.

I know Strobridge is out of business but there was a touring exhibit of many of their works several years ago. They did circus and a lot of other venues.

As I understand the stone lithography process, various artists had various tasks in making the the stones (seperations by today's language). One guy might do the background, another the people, and another the lettering. So it was a composite image.

I don't know if it is still up or not but Charles Greene had some good information on his website on the posters.
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (Sep 24, 2004 08:32PM)
A fellow poster collector who is quite in the know said much of the same thing. Basically, he said, unless you get lucky, you'll never know who worked on a particular poster. That's the way the grease smears ...