Barnum’s and Breastfeeding

I hope you’re having a great weekend! I thought this was interesting when I ran across it last night. It is a sheet music cover from 1855 called Barnum’s Baby Show Polka. Even though it is 1855 and most mothers breastfed, I thought it was interesting that this sheet music cover showed some of the mothers nursing. You can click the cover to see it up close.

Historic American Sheet Music, “Barnum’s Baby Show Polka”, Music #733, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library