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Item 3074 - P. T. Barnum Autograph Letter Signed Catalog 592 (Sep 2020)

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ALS, one page both sides, 6 x 9, Waldemere letterhead, June 5, 1888. Letter to his business partner James Anthony Bailey, in part: "The object in splaying our Winter Quarters through all the papers was to have the New England forget that there was any big show in the world besides ours. The notice cost us nothing & it is copied by about every paper in the country in connection to my gift to Historical & Scientific Societies. I stuck them both in together so that one would carry the other. An Italian went through Bridgeport 2 days ago exhibiting in the streets a couple of boxing monkeys on a little table he carried along. Those who saw them say they boxed splendidly and were a tremendous attraction. He would not let them box till the spectators made a generous contribution. He has gone towards Boston. I could get a friend there to get his address (for another year) or perhaps hire him next winter to train some monkeys for us. Or possibly our pig & monkey trainer could do it for us in some way. I have no doubt it would show well & tickle the people in our ring or on the stage next season." In fine condition, with a light, rusty paperclip impression to the top edge. Great showbiz content from a pioneer in promotion.

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