Monsieur Gouffe "Celebrated Man-Monkey"
At nearly two feet long-- 21" to be exact-- this broadside of the famed "Monsieur Gouffe" and his Man-Monkey act advertises the acrobat performing his pantomime "Jocko or The Brazilian Ape" in Cincinnati in 1832. Costumed to look like a monkey, Gouffe's act was a sensation in England in the mid 1820's before coming to the United States. His real name was John Harnshaw, and part of his act involved a mock hanging. Gouffe's "trick" was to pass the rope behind one ear to prevent strangulation.
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