Lot #152
P. T. Barnum

Barnum opens his "great Roman Hippodrome" in NYC, an enhancement to "the largest private zoological collection in the world and a comprehensive museum"
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Estimate: $1000+

Description

Barnum opens his "great Roman Hippodrome" in NYC, an enhancement to "the largest private zoological collection in the world and a comprehensive museum"

ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, black-bordered monogram letterhead, April 16, 1874. Letter excitedly relaying his upcoming plans, in part: "My great Roman Hippodrome opens in New York Monday next…It is by far the largest building in the world devoted to such a purpose—being 480 feet in length and 240 feet in width, it seats 12000 & has standing room for 28000 more—Two performances will be given every week day…The establishment enhances an Acquisition—the largest private zoological collection in the world and a comprehensive museum." He gives his address at the end, incorporating his signature ("P. T. Barnum, Hippodrome, New York, U. S. America") before signing to close the letter. In fine condition. Spectacular content from the renowned showman.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020





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