Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday, P.T. Barnum!



Yesterday was Phineas Taylor Barnum's 200th birthday. Hopefully you did something outrageous to celebrate it. On top of renovating a railroad shed at Madison Square for one of his circuses (helping create the future Madison Square Garden), Barnum is most familiar to New Yorkers in the 19th century for his outrageous, moralistic, politically incorrect American Museum, which delighted audiences with wax figurines, freak shows and aquatic creatures in inappropriate tanks. Here all about it it in our podcast on Barnum's American Museum. (Pic above courtesy NYPL)

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