1863 “P.T. Barnum” & “Charity Barnum” Deed with U.S. Revenue Stamp Also Initialed “P.T.B. May 30, 1863” !
PHINEAS T. BARNUM (1810-1891). American Showman, Politician and Businessman and Founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871–2017).
May 30, 1863-Dated, Partly-Printed Document Signed, “P.T. Barnum” and “Charity Barnum” his wife, measuring 8.5” x 13.75”, 1 page. Bridgeport, Choice Very Fine. Being a Warrantee Deed in which Phineas T. and his wife Charity Barnum are selling a tract of land in East Bridgeport, Ct. for the agreed sum of $1,000.00. This Document is signed by both “P.T. Barnum” and “Charity Barnum” with small embossed wax and diamond shaped paper seals to the right of the signatures and a period two cents George Washington U.S. Revenue Stamp which itself is Dated and Initialed “P.T.B. May 30, 1863” in his hand to the left! A wonderful rarity and attractive Document for display.
BARNUM, PHINEAS T. (1810-1891). Showman. Without question, Barnum was the most famous showman of his time. He openly stated that the American public wanted to be "humbugged," and he rarely missed an opportunity to do so, much to the public's delight. He presented attractions which were enormously popular in their time, many of which live on today in stories of that era: the midget, General Tom Thumb; Jenny Lind's concert tour of the U.S.; and Jumbo the elephant. He co-founded the most famous circus in history, known today as the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. Active in politics in later years, he served for several years as a member of the Connecticut legislature, and one term as mayor of Bridgeport, CT.