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P.T. Barnum Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

P.T. BARNUM
Born: July 5, 1810 in Brethel, Connecticut
Died: April 7, 1891 in Bridgeport, Connecticut
Biography | show moreshow less
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.
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
Jocko - Production (August 28, 1865 - September 2, 1865), The Witch of the Black Cavern - Production (August 14, 1865 - August 19, 1865), The Midnight Assault/Love Among the Bonnets - Production (August 7, 1865 - August 12, 1865), The Beauty of Seville/Robert and Bertrand - Production (July 31, 1865 - August 5, 1865), The Green Monster - Production (July 10, 1865 - July 29, 1865), The Ring of Fate - Production (December 26, 1864 - February 11, 1865), Mazulm - Production (July 11, 1864 - August 6, 1864), Mrs. Partington - Other (July 14, 1862 - July 26, 1862), Hop O' My Thumb - Production (April 7, 1862 - May 2, 1862), Sadak and Kalasrade! - Production (March 3, 1862 - April 5, 1862), Ondina! - Production (December 23, 1861 - March 1, 1862)

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