He would is the most famous midget in history. His parents were of medium height and Charles was a large baby weighing nine pounds and eight ounces at birth, but suddenly stopped growing when he was six months old. Barnum thought little Charles how to sing, dance, mime, and impersonate famous people. Soon, Charles was ready to entertain people in New York. Little Charles, later known as General Tom Thumb, became very successful and the audience absolutely adored his charm, quips and showmanship. When he was five years old, Barnum took him on a tour around Europe where he was commanded to perform in front of Queen Victoria.
General Tom Thumb and Other Midgets
General Tom Thumb - Wikipedia
Charles Sherwood Stratton January 4, — July 15, , better known by his stage name " General Tom Thumb ", was an American dwarf , who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P. Born in Bridgeport to parents who were of medium height, Charles was a relatively large baby, weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces 4. Then he suddenly stopped growing. His parents became concerned when, after his first birthday, they noticed he had not grown at all in the previous six months.
National Fairground and Circus Archive
Charles Stratton, better known by his stage name Tom Thumb, was a dwarf who became a global celebrity in the 19th Century. When people think of Tom Thumb they may recall the English folklore character, or the children's nursery rhyme, but few, it seems, think of the real life Tom Thumb, a performer who shot to fame in the s, watched by 50 million people worldwide, and a firm favourite with both Queen Victoria and Abraham Lincoln. His New York based "freak shows" were becoming very popular and it seems he was keen to meet a four-year-old "extraordinary local boy" he had heard the townsfolk talk about, said to be just 25 inches tall. From people covered in hair and dubbed cannibals, to giants and dwarves, Barnum offered people the chance to see them in his Hall of Living Curiosities.
Postcard possibly early s showing Tom Thumb, standing with his arms at his side and a white carnation buttonhole. A full sized man in a top hat and calf length coat is standing next to him, his left arm raised well above Tom Thumb's head. There were several midgets who went by that name.