Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Men at the Mose Bone Sample Room. Two men sit on chairs on the porch in front. A male dwarf is walking on the board sidewalk in front of the saloon, which...

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Kehl School of Dancing’s "Midget Wedding" Costume, 1940. (Museum object #2005.108.1A-C)


Tom Thumb and Wife


Description: A carte-de-visite of "General Tom Thumb" (Charles Stratton) and his wife Lavinia Warren, the "Little Queen of Beauty".

Date: 1930-11-02 

Description: A woman putts while three other dwarves, also known as midgets or little people, watch at the indoor Evergreen Miniature Golf Course, 26-28 N. Carroll Stre...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Two men posed standing in front of the Fair Store on Main Street. The man on the right is a dwarf holding a cigar. Posters in the windows advertise "Quo Va...

Date: 1930-11-02 

Description: Group of people, including dwarfs and midgets, pose with "the worlds largest tire" in front of the RKO Orpheum Theatre as part of a promotion for Goodyear...


Major Tot

Date: 1885 ca.

Description: Carte-de-visite of Major Tot standing on a prop column and wall next to a man of average height in front of a painted backdrop. Both men are holding canes....

Date: 1933-07-29 

Description: A group of circus performers pose outdoors with a Corben airplane. The tall Man is Jack Earle, and one of the little people is probably Lia Graf.

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Studio portrait of three men standing, one of whom is a little person, standing in front of a painted backdrop. All are wearing hats and the man on the lef...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Spectators watch as two dwarfs box in a ring at Midland Beach. A raised pavilion stands in the background.

Date:  date unknown

Description: State Fair barker announcing side show attractions to a crowd of children, featuring "Midget City, the World's Tiniest Entertainers" and "Baby Thelma, 619...

Date: 1916 ca.

Description: Color lithograph poster featuring two scenes of the famous Austro-Hungarian troupe at the top and bottom. At the top, one performer on a violin accompanies...

Date: 1913 

Description: Photomontage of a dwarf wearing a top hat driving a cart, drawn by a mule, filled with giant eggs. The dwarf is wearing a suit and a top hat. The mule is...

Date: 1835 ca.

Description: Men-dow-min, or the Corn, a Chippewa (Ojibwa) dwarf. Hand-colored lithograph from the Aboriginal Portfolio, painted at the Treaty of Green Bay (1827).

Date: 1955-07-01 

Description: Meinhardt Raabe, dressed as Little Oscar, receiving the key to the city of Wisconsin Dells, while standing in front of the Wienermobile.


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