'Magic and Melodrama' at the Taft Museum Exhibits Whimsical Theatrical Posters from the Turn of the 20th Century

The lithographs were printed by Cincinnati's Strobridge Lithographing Company

click to enlarge "The Wizard of Oz," 1904 color lithograph on paper from The Strobridge Lithographing Company - Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
"The Wizard of Oz," 1904 color lithograph on paper from The Strobridge Lithographing Company

The Taft Museum of Art has mounted an exhibit featuring seven theatrical posters from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County advertising turn of the 20th century productions.

According to the museum, “Traveling actors, illusionists and theatrical producers promoted live performances with brilliantly colored printed outdoor advertisements.”

Created in Cincinnati by the Strobridge Lithographing Company, these posters will transport viewers to The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan via bits of entertaining magic, melodrama and fantasy.

Through August 18. $12 adults; $10 seniors; free youth and members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org