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PTB Letters (#67) Names and Illusions

It’s a thrill when a little historical detective work pays off, and this week I’ve had the good fortune to find the identity of the “Mr. Miller” with whom P. T. Barnum corresponded in the winter of 1846.  And—like magic (+ research)—this opened the door to another storyline: Barnum’s connections with illusionists! 

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PTB Letters (#66) My Character and Peculiarities So Correctly Portrayed

Discovering last week that a “bundle” of Barnum’s February 1846 letters in the copybook appear after the letters written in March was a surprise, rather like finding that a large handful of jigsaw puzzle pieces have been separated from the box, and then realizing the gaps in the puzzle you’ve been assembling could have been

Barnum Video Du Jour!

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PTB Letters (#65) The Play is a Tremendous Hit!

We are back in the United Kingdom again this week, focusing on Barnum’s latest activities there as he makes the final arrangements for the opening performances of Hop O’ My Thumb, the new play starring Gen. Tom Thumb. 

Barnum Video Du Jour!

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PTB Letters (#64) Talented and Poetical Puffing

This week’s blog shares more of the assorted news and gossipy tidbits contained in P. T. Barnum’s March 1st, 1846, letter to his American Museum manager, and also captures follow-ups added to the letter two days later.

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