H. M. Barnum (Daughter of P. T. Barnum)

Helen Maria Barnum, second of four daughters of P. T. and Charity Barnum, was born April 18, 1840. She married Samuel Hurd when she was 17. Hurd later became the assistant manager and treasurer of his father-in-law’s famous circus. The trunk below once belonged to Helen Barnum. It originally had a leather covering. Note her name stenciled on one end of the trunk. Note too the cast latches, handle loops and other hardware. The trunk is now in a private collection.

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