Today is the birthday of Carl Norwood (1939-1976). He was born with a dwarfish condition, with tiny, twisted limbs. Billed as “the Frog Boy” or “the Frog Man” he worked for most of his career as part of a small show with “the Quarter Man”, Dick Hilburn. When Hilburn passed away in 1971, Norwood worked initially as a Single-O under the management of Hilburn’s widow, then an additional two years with Ward Hall’s side show. He was retired in Atlanta when he passed away at the age of 37.
For more on performing little people please check out Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People in Vaudeville.