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The Albany Museum: Curiosities, Circus & Performing Arts

1848 painting of State Street in Albany by John Wilson, the Albany Museum is on the right in the building with the colonnade (courtesy Albany Institute of History and Art)Albany’s first museum was began in 1798 in a constructing on the nook of Inexperienced and Beaver streets. In the summertime of 1808, two royal tigers had been housed on the Thespian Lodge, a circus pitched its tent, and Ralph Letton began the Albany Museum.

The Albany Museum was positioned within the Previous Metropolis Corridor (Stadt Huys) on the northeastern nook of South Market Road and Hudson Avenue (at present’s Broadway and Hudson Avenue). The Previous Metropolis Corridor was in-built 1741 and was the positioning of the 1754 Albany Congress assembly the place Benjamin Franklin first proposed the Albany Plan, a plan of union of the colonies that later was a foundation for the U.S. Structure. On its steps, the Declaration of Independence was first learn to Albany on July 19, 1776 by the order of the Provincial Congress. With the development of the brand new constructing on Eagle Road in 1808, the Previous Metropolis Corridor was transformed into the Albany Museum.

The Albany Museum began as a privately owned assortment of curiosities designed to attract guests and faculty youngsters from across the space. Letton solicited curiosities from prospects in return free of charge tickets. John Scudder painted a panorama within the Museum and “Signor Faleroni” gave exhibitions of early electrical energy experiments.

On September 18, 1809, Henry Trowbridge joined, and ultimately changed, Letton. In Might, 1810, the publication Medical Repository mentioned that the Museum’s assortment of minerals, shells and bugs was “an excellent starting.” In 1792, William Murdock, a British engineer, first lighted his cottage with gaslights and in 1804 Murdock lighted the primary constructing, a big cotton mill, with 90 fuel burners in Manchester, England.

Fuel lighting unfold to the US in 1816 when Rembrandt Peale’s Museum in Baltimore was the primary to transform to gaslights. It opened to such a sensation that crowds got here from miles round and town of Baltimore allowed Peale to begin the primary non-public fuel firm to gentle the streets of Baltimore the identical 12 months.

Solely months after Peale’s Museum, in March, 1817, Trowbridge determined to gentle the Albany Museum with fuel. He put in piping and 120 fuel burners on the partitions and suspended in chandeliers from the ceiling. Trowbridge manufactured his personal fuel. Copying from the design of an oil lamp, glass globes had been fitted across the fuel jet to diffuse the sunshine. There was a outstanding improve in gentle over the older oil lamps and candles. The Albany Museum might now stay open at evening for a value of 63 cents per evening as an alternative of Trowbridge’s earlier price of $1.87 to $2.25 per evening for inferior gentle from oil lamps.

As with Baltimore the earlier summer time, the Albany Museum exhibition was a sensation. Crowds got here from throughout and each newspaper within the Northeast carried it.

In 1821, Trowbridge bought the New Haven (Connecticut) Museum and introduced its artifacts to Albany, promoting that his museum was now superior to any within the nation besides Peale’s in Baltimore. Wax figures had been added to the shows on the Museum. A determine of Jesse Strang, who was hung in Albany’s Rutten Kill Ravine for murdering John Whipple at Albany’s Cherry Hill Mansion, and figures of a “balcony band” enjoying actual devices appeared.

EG Robertson's 1797 depiction of audiences attending a phantasmagoriaThe Museum additionally exhibited a “marvelous Phantasmagoria” within the lecture room the place an actor in a monologue or a comic book singer or dancer additionally often appeared. A interval publication says that it was on this room that “Yankee Hill” made his first look in Albany.

“Yankee Hill” was George Handel Hill, born in Boston in 1809. In accordance with an early periodical, Hill turned “stage struck” in 1829 and ran away to the metropolis of New York, the place he turned typecast because the “American Yankee” in a collection of Broadway performs, “when that kind of character turned tiring.”

Hill married Cornelia Thompson of LeRoy, Monroe County, New York “however the make use of of nation storekeeper turned so irksome to him that he returned to Albany and sought work as a paper hanger.” Nevertheless, earlier than lengthy, his appearing profession was rejuvenated on the Pearl Road Theater and he went on to a superb profession that included two European excursions till “wine and girls took their toll” and he returned to Albany to turn out to be a dentist and assist temperance reform.

In November, 1822, the lecture room on the Museum was transformed right into a saloon the place concert events got. On April seventeenth, 1827, the Museum positioned an advert “for patronage, on the deserves of a stuffed rhinoceros and a hermaphrodite orang-otang.” The rhinoceros was introduced into the Museum as a pores and skin and full of sawdust. Wires had been inserted to provide him form and he was sewn along with fish line.

In 1831, the Albany Museum was moved from the Previous Metropolis Corridor to a brand new curved constructing on the nook of State and Market Streets (State and Broadway, later web site of the First Belief Firm Financial institution). On the identical time, Trowbridge’s assortment was merged with the Troy Museum managed by Vanderwater & Meech and delivered to Albany. Meech was Trowbridge’s nephew and have become his assistant. The constructing housing the Museum was owned by Thorp & Sprague Stage Coach Strains that ran day by day stagecoaches north to Saratoga and west to Buffalo.

Throughout the transfer, artist John Leslie painted a brand new wall scene and the Cosmorama and Phantasmagoria had been exhibited each night. A yearly household ticket was $10, single gents $3. One of many Albany Museum’s major points of interest in 1830 was Calvin Edison, the “Human Skeleton,” 5 ft 2, 60 kilos.

The Museum existed on its common assortment “however there was typically some specialty to be seen or heard within the saloon, generally a dwarf, generally a strongman, generally a rope dancer and generally a comic book singer.”

Oil painting of Chang and Eng by Édouard Pingret, 1836In June 1835, Phineas T. Barnum made his first look in Albany as a showman. Barnum introduced alongside his “considerably infamous curiosities.” Barnum occupied the saloon of the Museum. In June, Barnum introduced Chang and Eng Bunker, the well-known “Siamese Twins,” who had been related on the sternum. Chang and Eng had been every married and had a number of youngsters. In July, Barnum introduced the “Industrious Fleas” – a flea circus – to Albany.

In November, he introduced Joice Heth, billed because the oldest girl on the planet. Heath was marketed as 161 years outdated. Barnum mentioned that she was enslaved by Augustine Washington, the daddy of George Washington, and was the primary particular person to decorate the long run father of the nation. He mentioned that she was born on the island of Madagascar on the east coast of Africa in 1674.

Barnum mentioned that Heth was completely blind and actually her eyes had sunken so deeply into the sockets that they’d disappeared. Her left arm lay throughout her breast and it was mentioned that she had no use of it. Her fingernails had been 4 inches lengthy. She insisted that she had raised “expensive little Georgie” and produced a invoice of sale to indicate that the Washington household as soon as owned her. Barnum mentioned that she weighed 46 kilos.

On Might third, 1839, the Albany Museum supplied vaudeville and concert events with Charles W. Taylor, stage director and W. Bell, supervisor. Taylor left shortly thereafter to begin the Apollo Theater on Inexperienced Road, two doorways from State. The Apollo didn’t work out nevertheless as Taylor was quickly again on the Museum presenting Miss E. Randolph showing with Yankee Hill.

The Museum underwent an intensive and inventive redecoration in 1841 by Signor Giuseppe Guidicini, an artist of the Nationwide Opera Home within the metropolis of New York. The ceiling of the Museum was a round dome divided into seven sections with “arabesque and gold ornaments, intercepted by flying figures, bearing festoons and flowers.” A carved chandelier was suspended from the middle. The drop curtain displayed a classical design displaying the Temple of Fame with the Goddess of Liberty pointing to a determine of George Washington.

On opening evening Charlie Taylor learn an handle. Among the many performers had been Mr. Kneas – pianist, Mr. H. Eberle – comic and vocalist, Miss and Mrs. Eberle, Mr. Archer – basso, and Winchell – humorist. On the twenty fifth of March, Mr. Whitney, an elocutionist, performed Othello to Mr. Eddy’s Iago.

Eddy was an amazing hit in Albany. His widowed mom resided in Ida Hill, on the east aspect of Troy. When enjoying right here he used to stroll, or in colder climate, skate residence to Troy on the Hudson River after the night’s efficiency.

Eddy additionally was very profitable in New York the place he was referred to as a Bowery actor and “might tear a ardour to tatters with one of the best of them.” A task wherein he’s greatest remembered is the Rag Picker of Paris. He died of apoplexy in Jamaica on the sixteenth of December 1875. Eddy was all the time a giant hit on the Museum the place he was appearing supervisor for a time. “He left his spouse, Henrietta Irving, with out funds. She remains to be upon the stage [1880].”

[Henrietta Irving was the actress who was having an affair with John Wilkes Booth when Booth appeared at the Gaiety Theater in Albany in 1861 at a time when Abraham Lincoln was also in Albany. Booth tried to break off the affair and Irving slashed his face and turned the knife on herself but, it was reported in Albany’s newspapers, she “did no real harm.” This may be part of the reason her husband, Eddy, died in Jamaica and she was “left without funds.”]

Little Mary Gannon photograph by Charles Deforest FredricksOn June twenty ninth, 1843, the Museum featured very long time favourite Mary Gannon. “Little Mary Gannon” was carried onto the stage when she was three. She was recognized on some playbills as “Little Treasure.” It was mentioned that the performances of Junius Brutus Sales space, Edwin Forrest and Little Mary Gannon “introduced the status to the Albany Theater which it holds to this very day [1880].”

On the 14th of July, 1843, P.T. Barnum introduced Charles S. Stratton to Albany. Stratton was solely 6 years outdated, however Barnum dressed him in a tuxedo with a black silk prime hat and strolling stick and tried to cross him off as an grownup. Barnum mentioned that he was 25 inches tall and 15 kilos and that his actual title was Basic Tom Thumb. The “Basic” toured the nation and Europe over the subsequent three years. One Albany newspaper later wrote: “He has of late, misplaced his enticing options having grown significantly and placed on weight.”

On November twenty seventh, 1843, John Rice turned supervisor of the saloon within the Museum. He later traveled the nation in varied performances, retiring in 1856 to turn out to be mayor of Chicago. He constructed the primary theater in Chicago and was a member of Congress when he died.

In Might, 1844, the unique Christy Minstrels appeared on the Museum adopted shortly by the Knickerbocker Minstrels and the Kentucky Minstrels. The Christy Minstrels had been organized in Buffalo by Edwin Pearce Christy in 1842.

The minstrel exhibits had been one thing contemporary, upbeat, attractive and new. They hit the performing arts of the time like rock and roll would hit the straightforward listening music of the late Fifties. The minstrel performers had been brash, music was loud and quick, the banjo, popularized by black performers, was featured, strains had been regularly bawdy and costumes outlandish. Performers, each black and white, regularly appeared in black face or white face and caricatured the black bands and African American lifetime of the time. They had been an enormous hit and plenty of imitators sprang up in a short while.

1844 sheet music cover for a collection of songs by Christy's Minstrels with George Christy appearing in the circle at top (Boston_Public_Library)On July nineteenth , 1844, a competing floating theater, constructed by Gilbert “Doc” Spalding from the remnants of Sam Nichols’ Circus, was moored on the foot of Lydius Road (Madison Avenue). It was profitable for a 12 months after which sailed for New Orleans.

One of many main Albany actresses of the time, “Mrs. George Jones was born Melinda Topping. She married the actor who afterwards arrange as ‘George, the Rely, Johannes.’ She didn’t stay with him many years-dying in Boston of dropsy. Her final engagement was within the inventory at Niblo’s Backyard.”

The brand new Odeon Theater opened in 1847, and enterprise on the saloon within the Museum suffered. Though some superb points of interest had been supplied, enterprise was usually dangerous, however “Meech was all the time available to pay salaries promptly; small ones to make sure, however they had been sure.”

Henry T. Meech was born in Worthington, Massachusetts in 1805 and got here to Troy in 1821. He married Adeline Hendrickson of Albany they usually had 9 youngsters. Meech constructed the Academy of Music in Buffalo that was run by his sons.

In Might, 1847, it was determined to enlarge the Museum by including two adjoining buildings on the north aspect. John M. Trimble was engaged to do the work. Trimble had constructed P.T. Barnum’s outdated museum, Genin’s hat retailer and about 40 different buildings. After the California earthquake, he constructed homes that he shipped by boat to San Francisco all able to be put up. He constructed the Metropolitan Theater in New York.

The earlier saloon within the Albany Museum seated about 350 individuals, however the brand new one was claimed to seat 1,500. Non-public containers had been put in. The inside was handsomely redecorated. All the enchancment price between $9,000 and $10,000. The opening befell on July 3, 1848. Charlie Taylor wrote and directed two performs for opening evening, The Water Witch and The Goblet of Demise a “thrilling temperance drama with an ethical the creator would have performed higher had he heeded it.”

In accordance with the identical interval article, “The opening handle was given by H.V. Lovett, the stage supervisor and main man. Lovett was a superb common actor for a few years, after which he retired, offered his wardrobe, and went into the vinegar enterprise.” He later turned deputy road commissioner in New York.

On the 14th of Might, 1848, the Boston Metropolis Guard, escorted by the Albany Burgesses Corps, visited the Museum on invitation of the supervisor. On the 18th of July, the Viennese Youngsters’s Choir carried out for 9 straight days filling the home.

Junius Booth in theatrical costume ca 1850On the 14th of August, 1848, Junius Brutus Sales space opened to play for 4 nights. He starred as Othello, Sir Giles, Sir Edwin Mortimer and Richard III. He was to have performed on the seventeenth, however he was staying on the Eagle Tavern & Lodge when it caught fireplace.

A interval report mentioned:

“August 17, 1848, the Nice Fireplace was began by a washerwoman’s bonnet on the Albion Lodge, nook of Broadway and Herkimer Road, the flames spreading to the north by a robust south wind, sweeping either side of Broadway and Church Road and crossing to the Pier, devastating all the pieces to Maiden Lane and alongside Broadway to Hudson Avenue; however at evening lessened by heavy rainfall; 600 buildings burned together with the Eagle Tavern on Broadway.”

This report was adopted by one other headline: “August nineteenth. Jealous fireplace corporations interact in riot at South Pearl Road and State Streets, many firemen are severely injured.” Fireman James Hanley, who was shot through the riot, died.

As the fireplace unfold towards the Eagle Tavern, the members of Albany Engine Firm Quantity 9 helped Sales space rescue his wardrobe from the burning constructing. Ever the thespian, Sales space requested a pink shirt to match the members of Engine Firm Quantity 9, after which labored all day making an attempt to assist them put out the fireplace.

As curtain time approached, Sales space, together with his son Edwin, left the nonetheless burning fireplace they usually went to the theater on the Museum the place Sales space requested instructions to the fuel room. Quickly after, when it was time to gentle up the gaslights and fuel footlights, the fuel meter was discovered so battered that it couldn’t be turned on. Sales space left the theater with Edwin. Sales space was seen the subsequent day “over the river” at a boisterous celebration in Ned Clemens’ backyard on a day he was alleged to be headlining in a present in Buffalo.

Sales space spent the day telling tales and singing songs at Clemens’ celebration. Clemens was the editor of the Albany Bellows and State Basin Herald, a newspaper believed to have been revealed solely “semi-occasionally” as Clemens’ funds would allow. James Duffy printed the newspaper for Clemens and Clemens subsequently had nothing invested in it. Nevertheless after the fireplace, Clemens promoted himself as “a sufferer of the nice conflagration” and went round with a petition soliciting contributions “to set the Albany Bellows blowing once more.” He raised $200, which brought on issues in his life to go downhill from there.

On one other event, on an evening he was alleged to carry out, Sales space was discovered drunk on the Gap within the Wall Bar in Trotter’s Alley. Trotter’s Alley was an alley operating between the procuring districts of Pearl Road and Broadway. Indignant after an viewers had been stood up, and making an attempt to stop a repeat efficiency for the subsequent day, Meech “influenced” the Albany police to arrest Sales space.

A horse-drawn police wagon was despatched for him and Sales space was locked up in a cell within the debtor’s room of the outdated Albany Howard Road Jail. The jail would shortly be closed as: “The outdated Howard Road Jail has severely deteriorated and a brand new jail is now constructed and the outdated jail used for the Albany Hospital.” Sales space spent the evening there and when the theater managers “got here to fetch him” the subsequent day he was extra drunk than earlier than.

Jim Boardman, the younger man employed to do chores on the jail, was questioned. He mentioned that Sales space had requested him to “go purchase him some brandy” however he refused, saying he would lose his job if he gave liquor to a prisoner. Sales space then instructed him to simply get the brandy and pour it right into a pail on a desk exterior the cell because the aroma would assist clear Sales space’s head … and produce him a protracted stemmed Albany Dutch pipe as he wished to have a smoke. Because the pail was far too massive to suit via the bars of the cell, Boardman thought it will be protected. Sales space used the pipe as a straw and Jim Boardman claimed he thought the brandy had evaporated.

On August 31, 1848, Mary Gannon headlined a present to learn the victims from the fireplace and $200 was raised. Augustus Addams, George Holland, Barney Williams and Cooke’s Band volunteered their providers.

detail from an 1854 advertisement for the hippodrama at Astley's Amphitheatre, LondonCharles T. Smith was added to the corporate on the Museum in March 1849 and served as stage supervisor for a number of years. “It was underneath Charlie’s administration that the ‘horse drama’ was first produced on the Museum. The “horse drama” (a hippodrama) took place primarily as a result of somebody wager it couldn’t be performed; a wine supper was put up because the prize. Smith despatched for “Derr, the Mazeppa of these days” to return to Albany and produce his horses.

This was the beginning of many productions that includes the horses, and Albany Museum passersby for years talked about the heads of horses protruding third ground home windows of the Museum. There have been no elevators on the time so the horses had been lowered on a platform, related to massive pulleys, from the third ground to an space behind the stage. They had been too heavy to be lifted nevertheless, so that they had been skilled to stroll up the steps.

On July 16, 1850, “Irish comic and candy singer of benefit” George Mossop appeared however died all of a sudden at his residence at Broadway and Van Tromp Road. A substitute Irish comic, John Drew, took over for Mossop headlining on the Museum and in addition took over for Mossop by marrying Mrs. Mossop. After that Drew was nicknamed “the Pinch Hitter.”

After Drew’s loss of life, Mrs. Mossop, utilizing the title Louisa Lane, ran the Arch Road Theater in Albany. Since Louisa Lane had carried out on stage since childhood and was usually confused together with her mom, additionally named Louisa Lane and in addition a stage performer, distorted tales sprang up as to her age. One native newspaper theater critic, making an attempt to pay her a praise, used his masterful command of the English language and mentioned she was “a remarkably nicely preserved girl” and he “expressed explicit astonishment that one so outdated might seem so stuffed with animation.” He additionally mentioned that she was “the oldest feminine stage supervisor in America.” For some motive these phrases of reward didn’t sit nicely with Lane.

On July sixth, 1851, Mr. W. F. Gillespie, a local of Albany, was given a profit efficiency as a reward for his roles in The Bandit of Venice and Delicate Floor. He carried out frequently till the Civil Struggle broke out and “thereafter occupied a accountable place within the official pressure on the Albany Jail.”

On July eighth, Charles Walter Couldock made his first look on the Museum as Claude Melnotte. Couldock was born in London in 1815 and after 1858 starred as Abel Murcott in Our American Cousin in its triumphant American run. Our American Cousin was acting at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 when it was attended by the President and Mrs. Lincoln and their company Albany’s Clara Harris and Main Henry Rathbone, a day that might go down in historical past.

“On August sixth , Fanny Wallack performed Hamlet for Mr. Morehouse’s profit. Morehouse was later Fanny’s husband, and the unique Drunkard in a play of that title, a job, we’re sorry to say, for which his habits fitted him completely.” The nice melo-dramatic actress ‘Madame Celeste’ made her triumphant return to Albany on the twenty seventh of April 1852.

“Celeste” had been born in 1814 in Paris and “at a really early age … had been positioned within the Conservatoire and there appeared with Talma and Madame Pasta.” Throughout her first go to to Albany in 1828 “a younger man named Elliot, who had practically squandered a fortune left him by his father, a retired livery secure keeper in Baltimore, turned enamored of her and after a brief courtship, if it is perhaps so-called, for he couldn’t converse French and he or she couldn’t perceive English, … they turned man and spouse,”… if it is perhaps so-called.

She returned to Europe and performed to outstanding success. In 1834, she returned to America and in three years, it was mentioned, netted $200,000. “Her success in America has been equaled solely by Fanny Kemble and Jenny Lind.”

Lola Montez (1847), painted by Joseph Karl Stieler for Ludwig I of BavariaThe month of Might, 1852, introduced Lola Montez accompanied by a troupe of twelve dancing women. This as soon as infamous girl was reported to have been born in 1818, however different stories mentioned 1824. Her birthplace has been given as Montrose, Scotland; additionally Seville, Spain; and generally Limerick, Eire. Her father was mentioned to be a Scottish navy officer named Gilbert and that her christened title was Marie Dolores Rosanna Gilbert however others mentioned her father was Irish. Her mom was Creole and, along with Lola’s father, had lived with, or been married to, natives of Spain and Nice Britain.

At 15, Lola married a British navy officer whom she accompanied to India. She left him and went to Paris, then Munich the place she appeared as a Spanish ballet dancer and met King Louis I, King of Bavaria. The King tried to make her Countess of Landsfelt however the appointment was opposed by Prime Minister Abel, “inflicting Abel and his administration to be dismissed.” A battle arose on the college and Lola imposed upon the King to shut the college, which made issues worse. A violent riot occurred and Lola fled.

She met up with an English navy officer and though nonetheless married to her first husband, one other English navy officer, she married once more. When information received out, she was prosecuted for bigamy, however she and the second English officer escaped to Madrid, the place she abandoned him and left for America. Fortunately for her, each husbands died. In America, she turned a profitable dramatic actress showing in New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and plenty of different locations. She married a Mr. Hull in California however that didn’t final lengthy. She was now again in Albany the place she was showing together with her troupe of dancing women on the Museum and was additionally, on the identical time, showing in a talking half on the Inexperienced Road Theater.

In February 1854, Uncle Tom’s Cabin opened and ran a outstanding 4 weeks. It was adopted by Scorching Corn, which was additionally very profitable. However not all exhibits had been that profitable and the Museum started to wrestle. Captain John B. Smith, the Albany bill-poster, instructed the Albany Mirror: “Enterprise was very dangerous at instances and Meech was at wits finish to know easy methods to get via.” Somebody instructed him that Charlie Kane, the comic, was painter, so Meech put him to work portray canal boats of which Meech owned a couple of.

Earlier than lengthy, Meech had a lot of the actors portray canal boats through the day underneath the supervision of Kane, and acting at evening. Nevertheless when he went to the basin one afternoon and located Kane asleep on a ship, he fired him.

Captain Smith additionally associated: “However it wasn’t all enjoyable on the Museum. We had a tragedy there as soon as, and an actual one too. Poor Dick Finn! He was the property man and one evening he was inspecting the muskets for use in The French Spy to see whether or not they had been loaded or not. He had fired one out of the window and snapped one other … and when he was blowing down the muzzle [to see why it didn’t go off], the cost went off in his mouth. It was between the farce and the principal piece. Melinda Jones, the spouse of Rely Johannes, got here onto the stage (the curtain was down) and exclaimed ‘Nice God, this man is killed,’ and catching him up in her arms (she was a really muscular girl) she carried him down one flight of stairs the place Dr. March arrived in a couple of minutes.” Finn survived however by no means spoke once more.

“One other time, when Celeste was right here, the play referred to as for a stay tiger. In the course of the efficiency the tiger leaped out into the viewers and cleared it a lot sooner than Meech ever thought attainable.”

One other uncommon act, in all probability certainly one of Barnum’s, was “The Fashionable Hercules.” A really muscular man, wearing a good leotard carried out many outstanding feats of power. His end was to carry a small boy by the boy’s toe, which was held in Hercules’ mouth, and spin the boy round sooner and sooner.

One evening Hercules will need to have bitten down too onerous as a result of the boy went flying throughout the stage, however his toe was nonetheless in Hercules’ mouth. The band was shortly struck up and between the music and the loud applause the curtain was dropped.

On April 13, 1854, the corporate gave a profit efficiency for Meech. The primary time this was ever performed. They mentioned, “The Museum, now about closing, has been underneath your administration for a interval of 20 years …”

In 1855, the Albany Museum was closed. Doc Spalding, proprietor of an Albany drug retailer, bought most of the curiosities for his floating circus.

Spalding had the curiosities transferred to a deluxe steamboat he christened the Floating Palace on the Port of Albany and sailed it south the place it turned a floating museum on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The Floating Palace sailed from Albany down the Hudson River and alongside the japanese seaboard to New Orleans after which up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers from 1855 till it caught fireplace and burned at New Albany, Indiana, in 1865. Meech mentioned Spalding by no means paid a cent for the curiosities and it will have been higher if they’d all been burned in an enormous bonfire in Albany for the amusement of the Albany public.

Henry T. Meech (ca. 1805-1870) is buried in Part 12, Lot 24 at Albany Rural Cemetery.

Illustrations, from above: An 1848 portray of Albany’s State Road by John Wilson displaying the Albany Museum within the constructing with the colonnade on the fitting (courtesy Albany Institute of Historical past and Artwork, view particulars right here); E.G. Robertson’s 1797 depiction of audiences attending a phantasmagoria; Oil portray of Chang and Eng by Édouard Pingret, 1836 (courtesy London’s Wellcome Museum); “Little Mary Gannon” {photograph} by Charles Deforest Fredricks; 1844 sheet music cowl for a set of songs by Christy’s Minstrels with George Christy showing within the circle at prime (Boston Public Library); Junius Sales space in theatrical costume ca. 1850; a element from an 1854 commercial for the hippodrama at Astley’s Amphitheatre, London; and Lola Montez (1847), painted by Joseph Karl Stieler for Ludwig I of Bavaria.

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