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Barnum & Bailey - Circus

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Barnum & Bailey - Circus
Company Name Barnum & Bailey
Company Web Site Link
Category Circus
Year Founded 1881
Final Year of Operation 1919
Termination Acquired
Successor/Parent Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Details)
Country United States (Details)



Company History: P. T. Barnum had run the Barnum's American Museum from New York City since 1841 from the former Scudder's American Museum building. During this time, Barnum took the Museum on road tours, named "P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling American Museum".

James Anthony Bailey had teamed up with James E. Cooper to create the Cooper and Bailey Circus in the 1860s. The Cooper and Bailey Circus became the chief competitor to Barnum's circus. As Bailey's circus was outperforming his, Barnum sought to merge the circuses. The two groups agreed to combine their shows on March 28, 1881. Initially named "P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show On Earth, And The Great London Circus, Sanger's Royal British Menagerie and The Grand International Allied Shows United", it was eventually shortened to "Barnum and Bailey's Circus". Barnum died in 1891 and Bailey then purchased the circus from his widow.

From Wikipedia

Successor/Parent History:
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American traveling circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. It and its predecessor shows ran from 1871 to 2017. Known as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, the circus started in 1919 when the Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth, a circus created by P. T. Barnum and James Anthony Bailey, was merged with the Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows. The Ringling brothers had purchased Barnum & Bailey Ltd. following Bailey's death in 1906, but ran the circuses separately until they were merged in 1919.

From Wikipedia

Brief History:
The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.


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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-02-11 07:03:15. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-02-11 11:49:08

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