P.T. Barnum

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P.T. Barnum

With all this publicity, anticipation to see the Fiji Mermaid became enormous. It was the main topic of conversation in the city. Dr. Griffin agreed to exhibit it for a week at Barnums museum.

P.T. Barnum



Fiji Mermaid

Barnum was born on July 5, 1810, in Bethel, Connecticut. The oldest of five children, he showed his flair for salesmanship at an early age, selling lottery tickets when he was just 12 years old.

In 1841, Barnum purchased Scudder's American Museum on Broadway in New York City. He exhibited "500,000 natural and artificial curiosities from every corner of the globe," and kept traffic moving through the museum with a sign that read, "This way to the egress," another word for exit

How It got started...

By: Madison Mundinger

American Museum was closed after it burned down from a fire in 1868, He recruited many of his old performers and opened P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum and referring to it as "The Greatest Show on Earth,"

The Greatest Show On Earth


Following the death of P.T. Barnum in 1891, Bailey carried the Barnum & Bailey Circus to the Greatest Show On Earth


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