americanantiquarianThis way to the egress! No humbug! There's a sucker born every minute. This #tinyTuesday post features the 1889 autobiography of an American with a large personality, Phineas T. Barnum. Published in Danbury, Connecticut, the little volume (just 16 pages) includes an abbreviated version of Barnum's life story. This weekend the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus farewell tour went through Worcester. That made us think back on the showman Barnum who spent decades and made and lost his fortune entertaining Americans with dazzling performances, sideshow presentations, hoaxes and hucksterism. #aas_minibook #minibook #ptbarnum
- sweetseekerThis is amazing!
- izanamic2Huck... whoops! I mean shucks, that's a nice one on oysters
- cmwittmann@mwwittmann I like the subtitle!
- shrappy1488@danimarissa follow this accounr
- dfs505It seems impossible that tiny book could hold such a giant story! 😳
- kaseydohertyThe full length autobiography is a great read!
- this_girl_fridayHow cool!
- luxpostcardsetcYes, the book is too small for him, but intriguing as all get out 💟💟💟
- timetravelerpostcardsYou always out up such interesting things. I love this! 😊💞
- jessbutterbAppropriately Tom Thumb-sized
- americanantiquarianExcellent point @jessbutterb !
- americanantiquarianAw, shucks! Thanks @timetravelerpostcards !
- americanantiquarianOur thoughts exactly @luxpostcardsetc.
- americanantiquarianVery true @kaseydoherty - what a life!
- americanantiquarianIt does not even try @dfs505 - mostly full of anecdotes really. Still - clever to the end, Barnum did well with a mini edition in the 1850s and reissued it just a few years before his death in 1891.
- jhuspecialcollectionsSo cute! (And yay for oysters!!)
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