P.T. BARNUM - PHOTOGRAPH UNSIGNED - HFSID 265920
P.T. BARNUM An unsigned 2½x4 photograph of Barnum Carte-de-visite Photograph unsigned. Sepia, 2½x4. Wm. F. Hunter Photographer, Brooklyn. In 1835, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) began his
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An unsigned 2½x4 photograph of Barnum
Carte-de-visite Photograph unsigned. Sepia, 2½x4. Wm. F. Hunter Photographer, Brooklyn. In 1835, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) began his career as a showman 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 foxed in upper background. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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