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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


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 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.