WOW! The first, and probably last set you will see in any condition let alone in the original box!
As an answer to ABC’s early 50’s show called “Super Circus”, featuring radio jock Claude Kirchner as the ringmaster and Mary Hartline as the beautiful hostess., CBS developed it’s own Circus show.
The show, entitled “Big Top Circus” featured Ed McMahon, most well know as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the Tonight Show, as the “Top Clown” in his first television appearance!. Though McMahon had been considered for the Ring Man part, it was given to the well known Vaudevillian performer, Jack Sterling.
But what about Hartline? CBS signed Barbara Cubberly, a former State champion majorette and local beauty to lead the Circus parade. Along with other lesser known performers, the show also featured the then well known announcer, Gene Crance and Mr. America, Dan Luri as the muscle man.
Original 13″ x 16″ cardboard box holds the complete set of 5 painted plaster figures depicting a lion, black panther, Elephant, Clown and Ringmaster. These figures were released unpainted but the paint job on these is done very well with bright but flat colors. The Ringmaster is 8″ tall and the other figures are to a similar scale. Each figure has and embedded hanging hook on the back for a fantastic Circus display. Issued by Sealtest Ice Cream and Dairy Products. If you want this set, do not hesitate as we can almost guarantee that you will not see a complete set again. The fact of the matter is that rarely is even a single intact figure found due to the fragility of the pieces. Fact is, any item from this show is extremely rare and the inclusion of the clown figure makes this a real keeper.