Some 200 years of lively circus promotion is reflected in an exhibition, "The Circus is Coming! Advertising Art: Posters and Ephemera," at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport through April 14, 1991.

Items on display include the vivid and finely printed posters of the past, banners, tickets and handbills. There are also the tools that produced those 19th-century posters, used for an early form of saturation promotion.The exhibition has a special area where children can create their own posters, while examples of today's posters and a video presentation of television spots bring circus promotion up to date.