Major Atom

Born Samuel Kahn (circa 1870), Major Atom was the nephew of Leopold Kahn a.k.a Admiral Dot. Weighing in at 15 lbs, he sang and danced and was often billed as “the most symmetrical man of his size in the world”. His years of exhibition spanned circa 1880 through 1896, at which time he moved to White Plains to help Admiral Dot run his hotel. Major Atom was the night clerk.

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.



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