Poster, "Rio Sisters", paper, Charles Lane, Brighton, England, 1890s
Poster advertising the Rio Sisters troupe of acrobats which included Toots and Gaga Weatherly's mother, Clothilde (Pinky) Weatherly née Coleman, and their aunts. The main text of the poster identifies the "RIO SISTERS/FIVE IN NUMBER" as "ACROBATS AND GYMNASTS". The central drawing shows the Rio Sisters forming a human tower with three members as the base, another member on the next rung, and then a final member balancing on top. In an oral history interview conducted on 9 February 1983 [NFSA 376614] the Weatherly Sisters identified their aunt Adie Coleman as the bearer and their mother as the acrobat balancing on top of the tower. In the top left hand corner of the poster is a drawing of a member of the troupe - later identified in the same interview as Adie Colemen - balancing on a ladder. In the top right hand corner is a drawing of a member of the troupe lying across a high wire. In the bottom left hand corner is a drawing of three members of the Rio Sisters performing acrobatics, and in the bottom right hand corner is a drawing of two members also performing acrobatics. The name of the artist, "Chas Lane Lithographer Brighton" is in the left hand corner.