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PTB Letters (#63) The Lion, the Mummy, and the Museum

Upon Barnum’s return to London from Scotland, he found an unusually long letter awaiting him from his American Museum manager, and sat down to reply immediately.

Barnum Video Du Jour!

Thank you for all the wonderful views and feedback on the Barnum Museum’s YouTube channel!  There is so much more to come!

PTB Letters (#62) A Great Country for Wealth and Grandeur

Last week we left Barnum in a state of great anxiety as he tried to work out a settlement to compensate the people who’d been injured at the theatre in Airdrie, Scotland.

Barnum Video Du Jour!

Thank you for all the wonderful views and feedback on the Barnum Museum’s YouTube channel!  This week’s episode: The Miniature Walnut Carriage of Commodore Nutt!

PTB Letters (#61) Averting a Lawsuit

Late February of 1846 was proving to be a difficult time for P. T. Barnum, as a group of uncharacteristically short letters reveals. 

PTB Letters (#60) Mademoiselle Venus

Among the special attractions P. T. Barnum purchased in Europe for his American Museum in New York was a lifelike figure made of wax, but this Parisian model was no ordinary wax figure.

PTB Letters (#59) A Great Blessing to the Poor

The letters in P. T. Barnum’s copybook only occasionally make reference to his political views, but in late January of 1846 Barnum was moved to share his opinion about one of many “hot topics” in the United Kingdom at that time, the repeal of Corn Laws.

PTB Letters (#58) A Good Education is Better than Riches

It’s time to check in again on the Barnum family circle after several weeks of topics pertaining to business concerns. 

PTB Letters (#57) The Secret has Cost Me Much Trouble

The “Happy Family” of birds and beasts was among P. T. Barnum’s most popular and long-running exhibitions at the American Museum in New York. 

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