Super Circus (1949-56) originated from ABC-TV affiliate WBKB in Chicago. Claude Kirchner served as the kiddie show's first host with Mary Hartline as his assistant and Scampy, Cliffy and Nicky the clowns in support. Valuable Super Circus TV show collectibles include Three Musketeer premium hand puppets, Whitman puzzles, Weather-Bird premium photos, St. Louis TV Reviews and Canada Dry club pins.
ABC-TV's Super Circus (1949-56) was one of television's earliest children's shows. The series originally emanated from Chicago featuring ringmaster Claude Kirchner as host and Mary Hartline as his assistant. Also on hand were three clowns: Clifford Soubier (Cliffy), Bart Patton and Sandy Dobritsch (Scampy) and Nicky Francis (Nicky). In 1955, the show moved to New York where Jerry Colonna and baton twirler Sandy Wirth took over as hosts. Here are ten valuable Super Circus TV show collectibles that should interest early television fans and collectors...
Super Circus Hand Puppets
Three Super Circus hand puppet premiums issued by Three Musketeers – two different Mary Hartlines and one Cliffy the Clown – in excellent condition sold at auction for $125.
Super Circus hand puppets $125 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Super Circus Frame Tray Puzzle
Whitman produced a Super Circus frame tray puzzle in 1954. Find one in excellent complete condition and it could be worth $30-40.
Super Circus Weather-Bird Shoes Premium Photo
A 5x7-inch premium photo of ringmaster Claude Kirchner (1916-1993) issued by Weather-Bird Shoes circa 1950 in excellent condition is valued at $20-25.
Super Circus Iron-On Transfers
Weather-Bird Shoes, one of the show's sponsors, produced four different iron-on transfers circa 1951. These items carry a value of $30-35. Iron-on transfers were big during the Baby Boom era.
Super Circus Club Mary Hartline Canada Dry Button
A 1951 Super Circus Club premium pin issued by Canada Dry in excellent condition sold at auction for $24.
Super Circus Club pin $24 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Super Circus Side Show & Wild Animal Show Premiums
A pair of premiums – Super Circus Side Show & Wild Animal Show – issued by Milky Way and Weather-Bird Shoes, respectively, in fine condition brought $256.79 at auction.
Super Circus Milky Way and Weather-Bird Shoes premiums $256.79 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Super Circus #1 Premium Comic Book
Weather-Bird Shoes and Cross Publications produced the 52-page Super Circus #1 comic book in January 1951. One example in very fine+ condition brought a top bid of $101.58 at auction. Original price: ten cents. Cross published a total of five Super Circus comic books in 1951.
Super Circus #1 comic book $101.58 - Heritage Auctions
Super Circus Dell Four Color #542 Comic Book
Dell Publishing produced its official Super Circus comic book series from 1954-56. Dell Four Color #542 dated March 1954 in graded CGC very fine 8.0 condition sold at auction for $62. It was a file copy from Dell.
Super Circus Dell #542 comic $62 - Heritage Auctions
Super Circus Dell Original Art
A group of six pages of original art from Dell Four Color #592 comic book of 1954 attributed to illustrator Richard Moore sold at auction for $126.50.
Super Circus, St. Louis TV Review, May 12, 1951
Mary Hartline (1929-) graces the cover of the May 12, 1951, edition of St. Louis TV Review. This "pre-national TV Guide" is valued at $25-30 in excellent condition.
Super Circus TV Show Collectibles Credits
- Auction/sales results courtesy Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania; Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; TV Guide Specialists, Macomb, Illinois
- Top image: Mary Hartline with canine friends - ABC-TV
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