Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the by Eric D. Lehman

By Eric D. Lehman

while P. T. Barnum met twenty-five-inch-tall Charles Stratton at a Bridgeport, Connecticut lodge in 1843, probably the most vital partnerships in leisure background was once born. With Barnum’s promotional abilities and the miniature Stratton’s comedic skills, they charmed a Who’s Who of the nineteenth century, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens to Abraham Lincoln. cherished world wide as “General Tom Thumb,” Stratton performed to sold-out exhibits for nearly 40 years. From his days as a precocious baby famous person to his tragic early dying, changing into Tom Thumb tells the total tale of this iconic determine for the 1st time. It info his triumphs at the long island level, his epic big name marriage ceremony, and his around-the-world journey, drawing on newly to be had basic resources and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton’s certain model of american comedy not just earned him the accolades of thousands of lovers, it helped circulate little humans out of the aspect exhibit and into the lime light.

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