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ANONYMOUS

Barnum & Bailey / Greatest Show on Earth

$1,700.00

ANONYMOUS

Barnum & Bailey / Greatest Show on Earth

$1,700.00

Year: 1897

Size: 29 5/8 x 39 1/8 in

Condition: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

It's apocryphal: we're not entirely sure P.T. Barnum actually said "There's a sucker born every minute, and two to take 'em," but that doesn't mean derivative con-artists didn't take his lead. Circuses were such a large money maker around the turn of the century, many fake and fly-by-night operations emerged, either taking the ticket sale money and running out of town or performing with far fewer acts and animals than originally advertised. Having the owners' sober faces on a poster instilled confidence in potential customers. "As a general thing," P.T. Barnum actually said, "I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told."