National Cat Show, Cincinnati, OH (1884)
This set of trading postcards promotes Harris's Mammoth Museum on Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio and its featured 'Monster Feline Festival, Pussycat Parliament, and National Cat Show' on Sunday April 13th, 1884'. The show was managed by James. T. Jukes.
Harris eventually sold his Vine St. Museum, in 1886, to the holders of the Kohl & Middleton 'Dime Museum' franchise, that had its origins in Chicago. Both Kohl and Middleton had learned their show museum trade while working for P. T. Barnum. At the height of their influence, the Kohl & Middleton franchise operation covered a dozen sites. The Cincinnati franchise was managed by John A. Avery. However the Harris's Monster Cat Show, which these cards promote, predates these events by at least two to three years.
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