Phineas Taylor Barnum – Born on 5 July 1810

Posted on July 4th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

P.T. Barnum, the famous American showman, was born in Bethel, Connecticut, on 5 July 1810.

Barnum’s travelling fair was promoted as the ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’, and was a sensation during the Victoria era.

To give you a taste of how Barnum’s shows were celebrated at the time, here are two newspaper reports from 1884 and 1898 about his circus coming to town, and also some illustrations of some of the performers.

historical newspaper report about barnum

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Saturday 02 February 1884

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historical newspaper report about barnum

The Graphic – Saturday 17 December 1898

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historical newspaper report about barnum

The Graphic – Saturday 17 December 1898

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18981217/016/0016

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