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Phineas Taylor Barnum – Born on 5 July 1810

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, which include¬†illustrations of some of the performers.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser | 2 February 1884

Barnum and Bailey
The Graphic | 17 December 1898




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