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Lot 296: Barnum’s Museum in New York.

Photographs: Cabinet Cards & some Civil War

by Be-Hold

29 October 2016

Yonkers, NY, USA

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Description: Barnum’s Museum in New York. A rare early stereo view on a yellow mount. This was the primary venue for Barnum’s acts until it burned down in 1865 (before the cabinet cards that follow were made.) It established the craze for various “oddities” to become hugely popular icons of popular culture. These included many rare medical conditions and other departures from what was considered “normal.” The following group provides insights into American popular culture, and allow thoughts about how these conditions are thought of in recent times, from some of Diane Arbus’s photographs to concerns about the microcephaly caused by the zika virus.

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