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Barnum. P.T.]
AMERICAN MUSEUM. CORNER OF BROADWAY AND ANN- STREET, UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF MR. P.T. BARNUM.A SHORT ENGAGEMENT WITH A COMPANY OF INDIAN WARRIORS! AND THEIR SQUAWS!
Wm. Applegate' Steam Presses, [New York], 1842. Letterpress broadsheet, 12 x 8 3/4 inches. Small engraving of Niagara Falls on verso. Moderate edge wear, a few closed tears and minor fold separations with expert tissue repairs. Light foxing and staining. Good condition. An exceedingly rare broadsheet handbill advertising P.T. Barnum's groundbreaking 1842 western show featuring Native Americans in a variety of performances. Issued quite early in Barnum's career, shortly after he opened his American Museum in New York, the broadsheet promises a wide variety of natural and mechanical wonders "exhibited in six spacious halls, each one hundred feet in length." While Wild West shows are often associated with Buffalo Bill Cody, the present broadsheet was issued five years before Cody's birth, and the year before P.T. Barnum's landmark "Grand Buffalo Hunt" in Hoboken, which is generally considered the first of what would later become the Wild West Show. P.T. Barnum - one of the most successful showmen in history - here stages a proto-Wild West show in his Broadway museum, the type of western show that would become ubiquitous in theaters, performance halls, and outdoor venues a generation later. Here, Barnum employs "Indian Warriors! And their Squaws! Who will introduce their various and peculiar Religious Rites and Ceremonies illustrative of the superstitions of the American Aborigines, also their Marriage Festivals, War Dances, &c. together with a variety of thrilling Indian Pantomimes!!" The show also involved Native Americans "in a Scenic representation of The Murder of Miss McC … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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