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    Circus Performer and Human Oddity: Memorabilia Archive. An interesting group of photographs and ephemera related to freaks and side-show performers of the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries. The Tom Thumb material includes a 5" x 7.5" handbill announcing his appearance at Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly (mounted to an album page along with his diminutive calling card), a full copy and cover-only of his 1863 wedding as reported in Harper's, and an 1872 paperback account of his three-year world tour measuring 4.5" x 7.5". The balance of the collection includes fourteen cabinet cards of various individuals, a 6" x 4.5" promotional card for the Gulliver Lilliputians, a real photo postcard of "Bernard Coyne Giant of the World" dated 1920, and three circa 1920 portrait negatives. The cabinet cards include six examples by Eisenmann, two by Wendt, a Bogardus, two by Harrie Rose of Indianapolis, and others. Many identified on verso, the portrait of Chang-Yu-Sing apparently autographed on verso in Chinese characters. Condition varies, please refer to photos.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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