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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

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“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.

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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:

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

A Play By Henry Fielding Opening Tonight!

Posted in Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags , , on June 6, 2013 by travsd

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THE TRAGEDY OF TRAGEDIES; OR, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOM THUMB THE GREAT

BY HENRY FIELDING

JUNE 6TH* THROUGH JUNE 30TH

WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS

ALL 8PM CURTAINS

*JUNE 6TH WILL BE A PREVIEW PERFORMANCE, OFFICIAL OPENING IS JUNE 7TH

DIRECTED BY BARBARA VANN

MUSIC BY CAROLE HENRY

COSTUMES BY DEREK LOCKWOOD

CHOREOGRAPHY BY THERESA DUHON

FIGHTS BY NELSON HOWE

ADDITIONAL MUSIC COMPOSITION BY MARK SHAMRAKOV

STARRING: ZOE ANASTASSIOU ~ TATIANA BAROS ~ JARROD BATES ~ OLIVER CONANT* ~ THERESA DUHON ~ DAVID ELYHA* ~ MEAGHAN BLOOM FLUITT ~ BETH GRIFFITH ~ RICHARD GROSS ~ RICHARD KEYSER ~ EVA NICOLE ~ WARD NIXON* ~ BARBARA VANN ~ PERRI YANIV*

 

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Minnie Warren

Posted in Dime Museum and Side Show, Human Anomalies (Freaks), Little People, Women with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2013 by travsd
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The Fickle Commodore Nutt Professes His Undying Love

Today is the birthday of Huldah Pierce Warren Bump (1849-1879), the sister of the more famous Lavinia Warren, wife of General Tom Thumb. Like her sister, Minnie performed as a singer, and worked for P.T. Barnum. She was to marry fellow little person Edmund Newell, a.k.a General Grant, Jr. Sadly she died giving birth to their first child at age 29.

To find out about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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For more on silent and slapstick comedy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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Lavinia Warren

Posted in Dime Museum and Side Show, Human Anomalies (Freaks), Little People, Women with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2013 by travsd

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Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump (1841-1919) was the most famous female little person of the 19th century, but more than that — she was one of the most famous people of the 19th century period. Descended from no less than five Mayflower passengers, she began her professional working life as a schoolteacher, then began singing on a cousin’s riverboat. First courted by fellow performing little person Commodore Nutt, she was to go with the most eligible and appropriate bachelor of her time, General Tom Thumb. Her glorious wedding in 1863, orchestrated by P.T. Barnum was one of the most talked about events of the 19th century, and provided some badly needed whimsy when the nation was mired in the absolute depths of the Civil War. She and her famous husband toured the world and became fabulously wealthy. When the General passed away in 1883, Warren was to marry Count Primo Magri.

To find out about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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For more on silent and slapstick comedy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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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

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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 fairyweddingtea.eventbrite.com, or call The Barnum Museum at (203) 331-1104, ext. 100 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm …. More Information …

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