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    Barnum & Bailey: Three Letters, all dated 1891 and near 9" x 11.5" from New York. Two of the letters are on "P. T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, Nero, or The Destruction of Rome" letterhead; the other is on "The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth" letterhead. Both include images of both Barnum and Bailey, along with other information.

    (1) Typed Letter Signed "Barnum & Bailey/ by/ W. H. Gardner", February 17, 1891, to Mr. Howland of the New York Herald office asking "permission to place an advertising sign on the Front and Broadway sides of the Armory. That portion of the building occupied by us, to advertise our opening at Madison Square Garden." Fine.
    (2) Autograph Letter Signed "Barnum & Bailey", by W. H. Gardner, February 20, 1891, to John Townshend asking for "the use of the Store under the armory next to our entrance (1342 B'way)." With separations starting at the folds. Very good.
    (3) Autograph Letter Signed "W. H. Gardner", April 2, 1891, to John Townshend offering to send him tickets. This letter was written five days before the death of P. T. Barnum. Fine.

    William Henry Gardner was an advertising agent for the Barnum and Bailey circus. All letters are toned.

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    February, 2010
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