Lizzie Reid: Matron in Miniature

This image from the Meserve-Kinhard collection depicts Lizzie Reid (sometimes rendered as Reed), one of P.T. Barnum’s performing little people, circa 1865. Her maiden name is given as Ames, although I haven’t been able to learn anything about her husband. I find accounts of her performing as late as 1897.

For more on performing little people please check out Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People in Vaudeville. 

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