Prints - P.T. Barnum Digital Collection
The prints sub-collection includes a variety of subjects and genres, ranging from an 1875 birds-eye view map to decorative prints and portrait engravings. Several of the prints are derived from photographs or daguerreotypes. Most of the images pertain to P. T. Barnum’s famous performers such as Jenny Lind and Charles S. Stratton (General Tom Thumb) and include Currier and Ives prints of popular performers such as the Albino Family, and Chang and Eng Bunker. Portraits of Barnum range in date from the mid-1840s to the late 1880s, and include caricatures. Also in the collection are views of Barnum’s homes in Bridgeport; Charles Stratton’s home in Bridgeport; and several views of the American Museum in New York City. A color lithograph of Barnum’s circus trains is much like a poster, but is more modest in size and lacks location and date information.
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