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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Littlest Lovers: Tom Thumb & Lavinia Warren

Posted in BUNKUM, Dime Museum and Side Show, Little People, STEAMPUNK/ VICTORIANA, Valentine's Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2017 by travsd


“There’s someone for everybody” goes the old matchmaker’s expression, and perhaps no words rang truer on February 9, 1863, the day that professional little person Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) married Lavinia Warren at Grace Church, New York. (I believe that’s Lavinia’s sister Minnie Warren as Maid of Honor; and Commodore Nutt as Best Man). This little stunt, the “Fairy Wedding” by the press, lightened people’s hearts during the depths of the Civil War. We present it to you in the same spirit today.


It wasn’t just a publicity stunt, however; the two were a real couple. But even so, their boss P.T. Barnum was probably not too unhappy when the big event resulted in coverage like this:


“I love you completely, my own, my all. But above all, I love this front page coverage in Harpers!”

Tom Thumb’s Wedding Anniversary at the Barnum Museum

Posted in AMERICANA, Dime Museum and Side Show, EXHIBITIONS & LECTURES, Human Anomalies (Freaks), Little People, PLUGS, SOCIAL EVENTS with tags , , , , on February 22, 2013 by travsd


This coming Sunday, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut celebrates the 150th anniversary of “The Fairy Wedding,” an event that captured the nation’s heart when celebrities Tom Thumb and his bride Lavinia Warren tied the knot amidst great fanfare. The Museum’s tea on Sunday, February 24th, will feature music of the period, including the wedding waltz arranged in honor of the little couple, an illustrated lecture about the lavish wedding and Lavinia Warren’s influence on American fashion, and an exhibition of original artifacts that belonged to the famous, tiny couple. Join us for tea and cakes and learn about a celebration so big it pushed news of the Civil War off the front page of the papers!

The music of the day, including the “Fairy Wedding Waltz” will be performed by the Weston High School orchestra under the direction of Erik Paul. This piece has been carefully arranged from the original sheet music in the collection of The Barnum Museum. In addition to the sheet music, a slice of wedding cake, photographs, Lavinia Warren’s bridal wreath, and other artifacts will be on display. Using the bridal accoutrements and her research on 19th century fashion, historian Mellissa Huber will present an intriguing talk to discuss how Lavinia, the woman described by P.T. Barnum as an “accomplished, educated, beautiful and perfectly developed woman in miniature”, was a fashion plate for women in New York City.

Tickets are $15 each. You may order tickets online at, or call The Barnum Museum at (203) 331-1104, ext. 100 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm …. More Information …

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