Lot 382: Barnum (P.T.). A printed broadside for Barnum's American Museum, New York, February 22nd & 23rd 1861, printed broadside in a variety of type faces and sizes, and 4 wood engraved illustrations to one side, featuring Washington's birth-day! A Nation's Festival, Old Adams' California Menagerie, Aztec Children, Old Neptune, King of the Ocean, The Living Black Sea Lion, Albino Family from Madagascar, The Great Lincoln Turkey, etc., printed at the New York Herald Job Office, 97 Nassau street, three small puncture holes, not affecting legibility to lower portion, central horizontal crease, 60.5 x 22.5 cm (23.75 x 8.8 ins), together with a printed broadside for Niblo's Garden, advertising Mr John S. Rarey's Second Lecture on horse taming, Tuesday evening, January 8, 1861, and Benefit of Mr. Edwin Forrest, being the 50th Night of the most successful engagement on record, on which occasion he will appear, for the first time in four years, as Damon in John Banim's celebrated play of Damon and Pythias, printed by New York Herald Job Office, 97 Nassau street, central horizontal crease, 60.5 x 22.5 cm (23.75 x 8.8 ins) The celebrated showman P.T. Barnum opened his American Museum at the corner of Broadway and Allan Street in 1841, where he mixed traditional theatre with bizarre living exhibits and freak shows. The Museum burned to the ground in July 1865 in one of the most spectacular fires ever seen in New York, during which animals were seen jumping from the burning building, only to be shot by police officers. Niblo's Garden was another New York landmark, and the best known of New York's Music Hall establishments. It is considered the venue for the first ever Broadway musical, entitled The Black Crook, which opened in 1866. (2)
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