Fall is apple season and the title phrase of this week’s Becoming Barnum podcast — plucked from a P. T. Barnum letter — seemed ripe for picking.
Writing from France to his American Museum manager Fordyce Hitchcock on September 12th, 1845, Barnum commented, “No, my dear H, the Museum, like Tom Thumb (2 years ago), is a tree found, tried & shook. There is nothing now to do but pick up the fruit.”
This may sound like a man well-satisfied with his achievements, but as we’ll see in letters written only about six weeks later, Barnum was not ready to sit back and just let the fruit fall.
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