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P.T. Barnum Collection, 1873-1890

Advertiser:
Barnum, P. T (Phineas Taylor) 1810-1891
Collector:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Bailey, James A
Barnum and Bailey
Physical description:
0.50 cubic ft
2 boxes
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Children's books
Books
Scrapbooks
Date:
1873
1873-1891
1873-1890
1880-1890
19th century
Notes:
Barnum was born on July 5, 1810 in Bethel, Connecticut. In 1835 he found his true calling--show business. In 1841 he obtained the American Museum in New York City, which became a famous place of amusement. About 1877, he became a partner of James A. Bailey and in 1879 Bailey originated the two-ring circus. He died April 7, 1891 at 80 years, 9 months of age.
Summary:
Five children's books about the circus, a brochure announcing the show in London, an 1873 advertisement for the Great Traveling World's Fair of Barnum's, and two scrapbooks.
Cite as:
P.T. Barnum Collection, 1873-1890, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Amusements
Circuses (performances)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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