P.T. BARNUM - AUTOGRAPH 12/03/1885 - HFSID 48357
Sale Price $850.00
P. T. BARNUM
Barnum signed this card at his Waldemere mansion in Bridgeport, Connecticut near the end of 1885. Framed in Gallery of History style with a b/w photo of Barnum and nameplate.
Signature: "P.T Barnum/Waldemere/Bridgeport Conn/Dec 3d 1885". 3¼x2 card. Barnum's mansion, Waldemere, was completed in 1869 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he spent five months of every year. Barnum became Mayor of the city in 1875. Barnum (1810-1891, born Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel, Connecticut) began his career as a showman in 1835 with his purchase and exploitation of a black woman, Joyce Heth, reputed to have been the nurse of George Washington and to be over 160 years old. He purchased Scudder's American Museum in New York in 1841, adding to it to make his museum one of the most popular shows in the U.S. Barnum retired in 1855 but, because of creditors, resumed his career as showman and museum proprietor in 1857. In 1869, Barnum organized "The Greatest Show on Earth", which opened in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1871. In 1881, he became partners with James A. Bailey of Cooper, Bailey and Company's Circus, forming "Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth". In 1907, his circus was sold to Ringling Brothers. Lightly toned and stained, otherwise in fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 16¾x13.
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