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P.T. BARNUM - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 11/09/1865 CO-SIGNED BY: S. H. HURD - HFSID 43722

P. T. BARNUM A check signed by the circus showman to Pacific Iron Works for the amount of $57.31 Check signed: "P T Barnum", 6¾x3. New York, N. Y., 1865 November 9. Check No. 50, drawn on National Broadway Bank, filled out by Barnum, payable to S. H. Hurd for $57.31.

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P. T. BARNUM
A check signed by the circus showman to Pacific Iron Works for the amount of $57.31
Check signed: "P T Barnum", 6¾x3. New York, N. Y., 1865 November 9. Check No. 50, drawn on National Broadway Bank, filled out by Barnum, payable to S. H. Hurd for $57.31. Endorsed on verso "Pay Pacific Iron Works/on order/S. H. Hurd". Two-cent tax stamp at upper left edge. Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) began his career as a showman in 1835. In 1841 he purchased Scudder's American Museum in New York, 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. S. H. Hurd was Barnum's son in law, and assistant manager of his operations in New York. On July 13, 1865, less than four months before Barnum wrote this check, Hurd had telegraphed Barnum, then in Hartford as a state legislator speaking on a bill, that his American Museum in New York was in flames, with total destruction certain. Barnum rebuilt his Museum (at 539-541 Broadway) that same year. It's likely that this check to Pacific Iron Works was a payment for work on the new construction. Barnum's new Museum burned down too, in 1868. Cut cancellation, not at signature. Lightly toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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