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Mr. Barnum On Museums
No vulgar word or gesture, and not a profane expression, was ever allowed on my stage! Even in Shakespeare’s plays, I unflinchingly and invariably cut out vulgarity and profanity. It is equally incorrect that "respectable citizens did not take their wives daughters" "to see a play on that stage." Your writer doubtless supposed he was stating facts, but let him enquire, and he will find that nothing could be further from the truth. I am sensitive on these points, because I was always extremely squeamish in my determination to allow nothing objectionable on my stage....
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Title: Mr. Barnum On Museums
Creator: Phineas T. Barnum (author)
Date: August 10, 1865
Format: Magazine
Publication: The Nation
Source: Available at selected libraries
Keywords: Alcohol; Correspondence; Economics; Educational Institutions; Entertainment; Entertainment, Leisure & Recreation; Government; Institutions; Labor; Media; Museums; Phineas T. Barnum; Popular Culture; Sexuality; Theater; William Shakespeare; Women & Gender
Topics: Institutions, Organizations & Corporations; Mass Media, Culture & The Arts