Age, 43 years. Weight, 620 Lbs. Height, 7 feet 11 inches.
|This very rare cabinet card of one of the great stars of the Barnum circus was in a recent trove of cabinet cards. Col. Ruth Goshon, also known as the Middlebush Giant, stands between two men of average height. Goshon is clad in his uniform and high helmet, which makes him appear even taller. The card looks hand tinted, with pale traces of green and red. Under the photograph, in red type: COL. RUTH GOSHON, Age, 43 years. Weight, 620 lbs. Height, 7 feet 11 inches. Goshon served in the Crimean and Mexican wars, was spotted, apparently, by P.T. Barnum on the street and hired in an instant, was married three times, and died in 1889 at the age of 52.|
|The standing man looking up at Goshon is leaning on a studio table.|
|The statistics of a circus star. Throughout Goshon's career, these changed — they rose, they fell, they may have been an exaggeration. According to the Wiki bio, they were.|
|Another look at the entire card.|
|On the back it appears that the giant himself autographed it, and then someone else had the idea of labeling it as well.|
|The signature says "Col R. Goshen" in the finer hand, and "Col R. Goshon" above it.|