This is but a small sampling of the mostly Gallic (and totally bonkers) theatrical posters from Double M2's Cirque Flickr set. My personal favorite is the fellow whose stage moniker is "Nostradamus Jr." [Spotted on Morbid Anatomy]

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925

Alors! Bizarre French circus and sideshow posters from 1885-1925