Jennie Quigley (1851-1936) was billed as ‘The Scottish Queen” by her boss P.T. Barnum when she began working for him at age 13. Standing less than two feet tall at the beginning of her career, by the time she retired in 1917 she was up to 41 inches. In between, she had toured the world. Often, she performed alongside other little people such as Commodore Foote and the Fairy Queen, and she appeared in Jack the Giant Killer in with Commodore Nutt and Colonel Goshen in the 1870s. Interestingly, the photo above was taken by another little person, Colonel Speck, about whom you will be hearing much more in July on this very blog.
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