The Hideous Feejee Mermaid — an Infamous P.T. Barnum Hoax

The hoax revealed Barnum’s genius for press manipulation and publicity

By Daderot — Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69554826

In early 1822, an American captain called Samuel Eades and his crew rescued sailors from a sinking Dutch merchant ship. They also managed to save an item of cargo that fascinated Eades — the stuffed body of a dead mermaid the Dutch crew had bought

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Jason Ward

Jason Ward

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Freelance Writer, Author, Journalist for 30 years. Mostly lives in Asia. www.jasonwardwriter.com, thewordofward@gmail.com Top writer in History and Culture.