Barnum's Dream

Rarely seen, strangely stilted, painted tableau image of Barnum asleep, his book "Life of P.T. Barnum" on a table, surrounded by Zip "The What's It?," General Tom Thumb and his wife, Lavina Warren, a bearded woman, a mermaid, a black devil figure, what looks like a black man in striped shirt with cane or polo mallet but is probably supposed to be Joice Heth (Barnum's first exhibit), a fluffy white ghost Jenny Lind. Photo by "...ASHE DAYTON COMPANY…1863" On verso: AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPH COMPANY, NO. 765 Broadway, NY.

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