Humbug! Celebrating 200 Years of P.T Barnum is being exhibited at Sheffield's Western Bank Library until 27 May 2010. The American born entertainer was the world's first showbiz extraordinaire, travelling across the world with his stage shows.
One of the ten banners created by artist Mark Copeland. This particular painting depicts Joice Heth, aged 161.
A contemporary caricature of P.T Barnum drawn in the 1800s. Visit Western Bank Library until 27 May 2010 to see this drawing, plus more more archive material of Barnum and his shows.
Chang and Eng were conjoined twins from Siam. They toured the world with their stage act using their unique physical appearence
An old pitch book which will be on display at Sheffield's Western Bank Library, featuring Annie Jones, the bearded seven year old.
A specially commissioned piece of artwork by a Sheffield artist, Anthony Bennett is on show at the Humbug! exhibition. The 10ft sculpture depicts P.T Barnum as half man, half insect.
Archive material for General Tom Thumb. The poster advertised a stage show on Farringdon Street in London, July 1846.
A real mermaid supposedly caught near the South Pacific Feejee Islands [sic]. The Mermaid was displayed in New York in 1842. According to press reports from the time the mermaid was ugly and had the withered body of a monkey and the dried tail of a fish.
Some of the archive material which can be seen at the Humbug! exhibition at Sheffield University's West Bank Library until 27 May 2010.
Billed as the largest elephant in the world. The 12ft elephant travelled across America and Canada. Jumbo was killed in 1885 when he was hit by a train.
Painting of P.T Barnum. To see more archive material of P.T Barnum and his shows, go to the Western Bank Library in Sheffield where Humbug! the exhibition is on show until 27th May 2010.
P.T. Barnum's American Museum was located in New York on the corner of Broadway between 1841 to 1865.
The Humbug! exhibition can be seen at Sheffield University's Western Bank Library, weekdays from 9am until 9pm, and weekends from 10am until 6pm until 27th May 2010.
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