CARTE-DE-VISITE PORTRAIT OF DWARF PERFORMERS "TOM THUMB, WIFE AND CHILD" Charles Stratton, "Tom Thumb"

CARTE-DE-VISITE PORTRAIT OF DWARF PERFORMERS "TOM THUMB, WIFE AND CHILD"

[n.p. c.1863-1864]. 2-3/8" x 4". All three are dressed in finery, Tom Thumb stands to the left, his wife stands to the right and holds a baby in a christening style dress which reaches to the floor. Shallow clips to blank corners, Very Good.
[offered with] ORIGINAL ADMISSION TICKET, "GENERAL TOM THUMB'S ENTERTAINMENT. ADMIT ONE. COMPLIMENTARY. ALFRED GATELY, AGENT." 2" x 3", oblong. Black print on white background, printed using several decorative typesettings. Very Good.

The famous dwarf Charles S. Stratton, a/k/a General Tom Thumb [1838-1883], rose to fame with showman P.T. Barnum. Lavinia Warren [1842-1919], a fellow circus performer who also appeared in the silent film 'Lilliputians Courtship,' became Charles's wife. Their alleged child was then born. This portrait circulated soon thereafter. They announced the death of their child a few years later, but In 1901 Lavinia told newspapers that she had never given birth: Barnum would continuously rent small babies from orphanages and spin the tale of their parenthood. After Charles's death Lavinia married Count Primo Magri, an Italian dwarf who also worked for Barnum. Item #36739

Price: $250.00