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Henry Barnum’s The Grand Central Park Menagerie in Conjunction with Den Stone’s Circus and Troupe of Indian Equestrians! Including the Iroquois Tribe of Warriors, Panoramic Scenes, Hippodramatic Spectacles, and the Grecian Gymnasium; Together with All the Classic Sports, Exercises Stone, Feats &c.

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Barnum, Henry. The Grand Central Park Menagerie in Conjunction with Den Stone’s Circus and Troupe of Indian Equestrians! Including the Iroquois Tribe of Warriors, Panoramic Scenes, Hippodramatic Spectacles, and the Grecian Gymnasium; Together with All the Classic Sports, Exercises Stone, Feats &c. A double-sided herald (27 ½ in. x 10 ½ in.) advertising Den Stone’s circus on one side and a wild west show on the other side, which took place in Norwich on Friday, June 27, 1873. A herald was a broadside-type advertisement distributed in advance of an appearance of a circus, lacking color and printed on newsprint, in this instance double-sided for display in a double-glazed window frame.

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Title is “CENTRAL PARK MENAGERIE … DEN STONE’S CIRCUS AND TROUPE OF INDIAN EQUESTRIANS!”

Barnum, Henry.  The Grand Central Park Menagerie in Conjunction with Den Stone’s Circus and Troupe of Indian Equestrians! Including the Iroquois Tribe of Warriors, Panoramic Scenes, Hippodramatic Spectacles, and the Grecian Gymnasium; Together with All the Classic Sports, Exercises Stone, Feats &c. A double-sided herald (27 ½ in. x 10 ½ in.) advertising Den Stone’s circus on one side and a wild west show on the other side, which took place in Norwich on Friday, June 27, 1873. A herald was a broadside-type advertisement distributed in advance of an appearance of a circus, lacking color and printed on newsprint, in this instance double-sided for display in a double-glazed window frame. One herald usually showed the same content for every town for a particular season, this one being for the 1872-73 season tour and started performing in the Spring in Amenia, New York and toured through New England, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, ending its tour in New York City in October 1873, a disasterous year for big wagon American circus shows, due to the Panic of 1873.

LIST OF NAMES IN MANAGEMENT FOR THE THEN PRESENT SEASON: HENRY BARNUM, MANAGER; DEN STONE, EQUESTRIAN DIRECTOR; RINGMASTER, R. ELLINGHAM AND THE THREE CLOWNS, DEN STONE AMONG THEM.

 

Verso of the herald: “Den Stone’s Magnificently Appointed Circus Troupe!”

Den Stone (1824-1892), a famous clown and showman, appeared on this herald and in this performance, as a clown. Stone had the first circus with an Indian/Wild West Act as early as 1855. A native of Burlington, Vermont, he ran away at 14 to join the circus in a horse act and became a clown when he was only 16. The date given for “Central Park Menagerie and Den Stone’s Circus” is 1872 in Olympians of the Sawdust Circle by William L. Slout, pp. 292-3.)

 

This rare surviving herald underwent a surface cleaning to remove superficial and ground-in dirt, a washing to reduce acidity and some discoloration, buffering with an aqueous solution of calcium hydroxide to deter future acid influx, sizing with gelatin to restore crispness and resilience to the paper, tears and weak areas were reinforced with mulberry paper and wheat starch paste. Losses were filled in and planar distortions and creases were flattened by humidifying and pressing between blotters.

Detail: “Triumph of Columbus!” M’lle Cordelia in the “Flight of Eurydice”

Detail: “Indians! Indians! Ho! Iroquois Warrior, Ka-Ke-Wa-Ma!” Indian pantomime.

Detail: Indian Pantomime entitled ‘Cammanche’s Escape from the Seminoles.” “Pocahontas and the Gallant Capt. Smith.”

Detail: Troupe of Performing Dogs.

 

Detail: Eques-Zoological Pageant; Procession of the Rarest Animals!

Detail: James E. Cook the first reinsman in Europe or America will exhibit his masterly address by riding a troop of six horses!

Detail listing the circus departments

Description of the circus encampment, comprising five colossal tents and the grand street procession.

 

List of animals: African eland, bless bock, red stag of India, African harte-beeste, and a three-horned bull.

Detail: Description of the combined exhibitions at an expenditure of half a million dollars.

Detail of Den Stone’s Circus and Troupe of Indian Equestrians!

Full-length photograph of the circus herald recto.

Full-length photograph of the circus herald verso: Den Stone’s Circus Troupe