The World's Cattle Show! Entrance in 42d Street, Opposite the Crystal Palace. Schools Admitted Free [caption title]. Cattle Industry.

The World's Cattle Show! Entrance in 42d Street, Opposite the Crystal Palace. Schools Admitted Free [caption title]

New York: Zuille & Leonard, [n.d., but 1853-1858]. Broadside, 9.5 x 6.25 inches. Old folds, minor wrinkling, moderate foxing, edges a bit worn. Very good. Item #2536

An unrecorded broadside advertising a cattle show across the street from the Crystal Palace in New York City in the mid-19th century. The cows on display at this particular show included five-year-old Jenny Lind, "considered by thousands who have seen her to be the largest, handsomest and most perfect animal ever seen in America." Other cows included DeWitt Clinton, Henry Clay, Silas Wright, and the "milk white" heifer called the Pride of Kentucky, among others. Children were encouraged to visit, where the exhibit of the eleven cows was expected to take no more than ten minutes. The event took place in a tent next to New York City's Crystal Palace, which was constructed in 1853 as part of the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations; the building burned down five years later, helping to date the present broadside. It is also interesting to note the immediate cultural impact of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, for whom the headlining cow is named here. Lind first came to prominence in the United States in 1850, when she toured the country at the invitation of P.T. Barnum, for whom she performed over ninety concerts in just over a year. No copies of the present broadside in OCLC.

Price: $550.00

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