Henry W. Bergh

Bergh was the President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a humane organization that he founded in 1866. Bergh criticized Barnum's treatment of animals, and took him to court to stop "Salamander, the Fire Horse" from jumping through flaming hoops. Barnum demonstrated that the fire was a chemically produced visual effect that did not harm the horse, and he won the case. Barnum eventually befriended Bergh and joined the ASPCA.

Date:
1885 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES09778
Photographer:
George G. Rockwood (New York)
Height:
2607px
Width:
1672px
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