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Pauline Cushman, Union Scout & Spy, Barnum's Museum Broadside

Printed, double-sided broadside, 4.5 x 12 in., each side promoting Barnum's Museum and daily appearances of Miss Major Pauline Cushman! Union Scout & Spy between June 30 - July 21, 1864. With reverse side noting that books of Cushman's thrilling adventures, and Carte de Visites for sale in the Museum at 25 cents each. Printed by Thos. E. Bartow, 12 Ann St., Next to the Museum

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Cushman (1833-1897) was an aspiring teenage actress when she became involved in espionage on behalf of the Union. Caught with incriminating information, Cushman was sentenced to be executed as a spy and saved only by the timely arrival of Federal troops at her prison in Shelbyville, TN. Lincoln awarded Cushman an honorary Major's commission and she engaged in cloak and dagger work until growing notoriety blew her cover. With the benefit of a populist biography, Cushman toured the country speaking about her wartime exploits and profiting from the sale of CDVs. Cushman's later years were marked by physical decline and tragedy, and at the age of 60, she died in San Francisco of a morphine overdose said to have been a suicide.

Condition:

Some folds in broadside, with some creasing. Some light staining, especially along margins. Some corner and edge wear, including few short tears, some light chipping. 

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$960
06/09/2017

 

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