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Midget Exhibit: Images from the Heyday of Dwarf Display

Midget Exhibit: Images from the Heyday of Dwarf Display

Mary L. Martin & Tina Skinner

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In the mid-1800s, inveterate showman/salesman P. T. Barnum introduced a real-life Tom Thumb and spawned a huge movement of midget exhibits. Little people were paraded en masse throughout Europe and the New World, earning fame and fortune as the central attractions in a freak show phenomenon that lasted well over a century. Explore this little world in postcard mementoes from an era when the unabashedly curious feasted their eyes on the unusual.

Size: 6″ x 6″ | 22 | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764321146 | Binding: hard cover

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Mary Martin Postcards is a three-generation family business and the largest postcard operation in the world. In addition to a warehouse facility in Perryville, Maryland, the company is a presence at postcard shows worldwide, and produces many shows, including the nation’s largest postcard show in York, Pennsylvania, in November. They are located at www.marylmartin.com and can be telephoned at 410-642-3581. Tina Skinner is a professional writer and editor whose sole claim to uniqueness is her status as a rare Delaware native.