Jenny Lind was a Swedish-born opera singer. Her full name was Johanna Maria Lind, and she lived from 1820 to 1887. In 1850, Lind traveled to the United States as part of a concert tour promoted by none other than P.T. Barnum, of Barnum & Bailey's Circus fame. While in America, Lind became America's first big celebrity. P.T. Barnum, being a master of marketing, played upon her virtues, namely modesty and charity, to endear her to the public.
Supposedly, during her popular tour of the U.S., Lind slept in a bed with turned posts or spindles. So, cribs with turned posts became known as Jenny Lind cribs, and they are still known as such today. Jenny Lind cribs today tend to be simple designs with drop sides, and are sold by many different manufacturers. These cribs still feature the same turned, knobby legs and posts as they did when they were first named for The Swedish Nightingale.