Lot 908: ALS, one page, 8.25 x 10.75, Barnum's American Museum letterhead, February 27, 1861. Letter to William Shires, encouraging him to open a similar museum in Cincinnati. In full: "I really hope you will succeed in getting up a Museum in Cincinnatti [sic]. If you do so I shall be glad to keep up an interchange of curiosities, for, during the time you were with me I found you competent, correct, energetic & in my opinion, just the man to get up and manage a Museum with great success in Cincinatti [sic]. I trust you will go ahead & get one up." Affixed to a brown 10.25 x 13.25 album page from the period. Also includes an 1861 broadside advertising Barnum's Great Exhibition of Living Wonders, identifying Barnum as the exhibition's proprietor and Shires as the manager, 6 x 8, affixed to a similar album page. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, trivial foxing, and chipping to edges of the brittle album pages.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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