With the success of the June, 1855, baby show at the American Museum, Barnum quickly staged similar shows in a number of other cities, building on his success in New York and his national reputation as a showman. This advertisement for the Boston baby show reflects Barnum's practiced strategies for generating community-wide attention and attendance.
BARNUM AND COL. WOOD'S
BOSTON, ALBANY, CINCINNATI AND BALTIMORE
$12,000 TO BE GIVEN TO THE FINEST BABIES
Twenty Four Hundred Dollars will be given to the FINEST BABIES at the Boston Show
THIS GRAND FAIR
WILL COMMENCE AT
MUSIC HALL, BOSTON,
For Five Days Only,
On TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, 1855.
The Highest Prize at Boston will be Five Hundred Dollars.
FORTY-ONE BABIES are already engaged, besides Twins, Triplets, and one Quatern.
Those wishing to compete for the Premiums should apply immediately at F. H. WADE'S Music Store, No. 197 Washington street, Boston. The number is limited to one hundred.
Daguerreotypes of the PRIZE BABIES in New York may be seen at Mr. Geo W. Vinton's Saloon, 343 Washington street.
THE NEW YORK PRIZE BABY.
MAST. SCOTT, the beautiful boy who took the Hundred Dollar Premium at Barnum's in New York, in July last, as well as several other Prize Babies on that occasion, have been engaged to exhibit at these Shows, but they will not be entered for Premiums. These were pronounced the Finest Children ever seen together.
Since the great success of Mr. Barnum's Baby Show in New York, it is confessed by all who witnessed it, that nothing can be more novel, quaint, delightful, and UNEXCEPTIONABLE than the display of ONE HUNDRED of the PRETTIEST BABIES that can be gathered together. It forms the most charming Exhibition ever witnessed.
MR. BARNUM will be present at all the Exhibitions, and will distribute the Premiums himself.
Admission to the Fair 25 cents. Children under 10 years 12 _ cents.
Letters addressed to P. T. Barnum or Colonel Wood, at BARNUM'S AMERICAN MUSEUM, New York, or Revere House, Boston, will meet with prompt attention.
Arrangements have been made with several Railroads running into Boston, to run excursion Trains during the continuance of the National Show at half price.
Baby Shows in Albany, Sept. 25 to 29. Philadelphia, Oct. 9 to 13. Cincinnati, Oct. 23 to 27. Baltimore, Nov. 13 to 17 1855.