Jumbo the Elephant https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/ Jumbo the Elephant Jumbo and his Keeper Jumbo was described by Matthew Scott as "childlike" for his clumsy manners and sweet disposition. A favorite of many circus goers - on both sides of the Atlantic - Jumbo endeared himself to audiences as the gentle giant. (No. 1098) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=96545537 96545537 Autobiography of Jumbo's Keeper Written by Matthew Scott, this book highlights the life and times of Jumbo. These types of books were sold at the circus to supplement the income of the performer. This particular book was printed in Bridgeport Connecticut by Trow's Printing and Bookbinding, Co. in 1885. (1982.11.1) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735507 93735507 Route Book A book such as this recorded the cities and towns that the circus visited and provided lists of performers. Three people were hired as elephant personnel this season, including Matthew Scott. Shortened programs were often contained inside as well. (1988.29.1) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735511 93735511 Souvenir Scarf "Many, Many Years Ago Jumbo arrived at the Zoological Gardens and was very, very happy indeed. But! there was a vile conspiracy to sell him...." This text comes from the souvenir scarf which depicts Jumbo's travels to the United States as a rough and sad journey. (number unknown) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735506 93735506 Cabinet Card "Jumbo, the largest known animal in creation, walking on the best and finest promenade in the world." This is how Barnum chose to publicize Jumbo's famous walk across the Brooklyn Bridge which has inspired many children's books. This photograph shows Jumbo and Scott. (2003.9.30) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735508 93735508 Jumbo Mold Circus themed souvenirs were readily available outside the tent. With Jumbo becoming a celebrity, various craftsmen created molds such as this to cash in on his popularity. (1989.6.1) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735512 93735512 Program, 1903 "The Greatest Show on Earth" was billed across America as the most exciting show to come to town. Being the first man to take his combined acts and animals on the road via train made Barnum's circus a novelty. Jumbo had his own personal train car for his travels. (number unknown) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735509 93735509 Ticket The Hippodrome was Barnum's showcase for his menageries and programs. His hope was to provide family friendly entertainment for the masses that was otherwise unavailable. (1988.22.1) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735510 93735510 Jumbo Pitcher Painted with a picture of Jumbo on each side and his name across the bottom, this glazed pitcher is another example of souvenirs depicting the famous pachyderm. (1989.7.1) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93735513 93735513 Jumbo's Tragedy After Jumbo's tragic end, Barnum toured with the skeleton. He donated the hide to Tufts which made their mascot the elephant in honor of the donation made in 1885. Barnum also sent a piece of the tusk back to England as a remembrance of the "children's pet". (1950.2.1) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93733179 93733179