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title Tom Thumb Comes to Town
creator Morrow, Marianne G.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description <p>Over the years, the city of Charlottetown<br />has had many exotic<br />visitors, from British royalty to gangsters.<br />Perhaps the most unusual, though, was<br />the celebrated "General" Tom Thumb<br />and his troupe of performers. On 30 July<br />1868, Tom Thumb, his wife Lavinia<br />Warren, her sister Minnie, and "Commodore"<br />Nutt arrived fresh from a European<br />tour to perform in the Island capital's<br />Market Hall.</p><p>Tom Thumb was a midget, as<br />were the other members of his company.<br />Midgets differ from dwarfs in<br />that they are perfectly proportioned<br />beings, "beautiful and symmetrically<br />formed ladies and gentlemen<br />in miniature," as the ads for<br />Thumb's performance promised.<br />What society considered a disability,<br />Tom Thumb had managed to turn<br />into a career. By the time he arrived<br />on Prince Edward Island, he had been<br />before the public eye for 26 years.</p>
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1992
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-430
source 32
language en_US
rights <p>Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.</p>

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title Tom Thumb Comes to Town
creator Morrow, Marianne G.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description <p>Over the years, the city of Charlottetown<br />has had many exotic<br />visitors, from British royalty to gangsters.<br />Perhaps the most unusual, though, was<br />the celebrated "General" Tom Thumb<br />and his troupe of performers. On 30 July<br />1868, Tom Thumb, his wife Lavinia<br />Warren, her sister Minnie, and "Commodore"<br />Nutt arrived fresh from a European<br />tour to perform in the Island capital's<br />Market Hall.</p><p>Tom Thumb was a midget, as<br />were the other members of his company.<br />Midgets differ from dwarfs in<br />that they are perfectly proportioned<br />beings, "beautiful and symmetrically<br />formed ladies and gentlemen<br />in miniature," as the ads for<br />Thumb's performance promised.<br />What society considered a disability,<br />Tom Thumb had managed to turn<br />into a career. By the time he arrived<br />on Prince Edward Island, he had been<br />before the public eye for 26 years.</p>
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1992
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-430
source 32
language en_US
rights <p>Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.</p>