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By Eric D. Lehman

When P. T. Barnum met twenty-five-inch-tall Charles Stratton at a Bridgeport, Connecticut resort in 1843, the most very important partnerships in leisure background was once born. With Barnum’s promotional abilities and the miniature Stratton’s comedic abilities, they charmed a Who’s Who of the nineteenth century, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens to Abraham Lincoln. loved 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 demise, Becoming Tom Thumb tells the entire tale of this iconic determine for the 1st time. It info his triumphs at the ny level, his epic megastar marriage ceremony, and his around-the-world travel, drawing on newly on hand basic assets and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton’s specific model of yank comedy not just earned him the accolades of hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, it helped circulate little humans out of the facet exhibit and into the lime light.

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When he found himself alone when his father died in 1825, he moved to New York to work, and then returned to Bethel to open a fruit and confectionery store with his grandfather. He ran more lotteries, and at age nineteen married a twenty-­one-­year-­old-­year-­old tailoress named Charity Hallett. He started a newspaper, the Herald of Freedom, and was jailed briefly for libel. 4 Barnum’s first experience as an entertainment impresario came with Joice Heth, an aged, blind slave who claimed (or was claimed) to be one hundred and sixty-­one years old, and the nurse of a young George Washington.

The coach featured a “coat of arms” that included the British lion and American eagle, as well as the Yankee motto “Go Ahead” painted on the side. 24 This was the final piece to the marketing puzzle, because as Barnum had hoped, 7 Pictured here the year before she met Charles, the young Queen Victoria catapulted him to international stardom with her patronage. Courtesy of the University of Bridgeport Archives. 8 prologue the sight of Charles being driven around London in this tiny carriage sent the English people into an uncharacteristic frenzy.

He would sing versions of this in his high treble voice for at least the next twenty years, changing the lyrics as the situation demanded. James White Nichols of Danbury said in his diary that Charles’s singing voice “was to me purely original. I could bring no human voice I had ever heard in comparison with it. ” 14 Along with musical skills, he showed an aptitude for memorizing rehearsed speeches, dialogues, and song lyrics far beyond his actual age. 24 DOCTOR: What dress is this? GENERAL: It is my Oxonian dress.

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