Noah Orr, the Ohio Giant


Today is the birthday of Noah Orr (1836-1882). Standing 7′ 3″ in stocking feet (but nine feet in his military boots and hat), he went to work for P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in the 1850s and later worked for Barnum’s circus, touring Europe as well as the United States. During his last four years he traveled with the Lilliputian Opera Company, a troupe of little people, in their production of Jack the Giant Killer. He is buried in his hometown of Marysville, Ohio.

To find out more about show business past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.


And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from etc etc etc



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