Barnum advertised his American Museum as the home of "millions of curiosities," and visitors could purchase a guidebook such as this one to learn more about them. The Guidebooks included extensive descriptions (and in some cases small illustrations) of the various attractions and exhibits that filled the museum from floor to ceiling.


Front cover of Barnum's 1850 museum guidebook.  Shows a picture of a benevolent Barnum, flourishing script, and images of Tom Thumb surrounded by rare and spectacular animals and exhibits.  Price is listed as 12 and a half cents.

Front cover of Barnum's 1850 American Museum illustrated Guide Book
(Library of Congress)

   
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