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Two Unknown Little People

Dwarf 1


Dwarf 2



Unidentified dwarf with his dog and
The same gentleman with his wife
tintypes, 3.25 x 2.5 inches, circa 1860
photographers: unknown


The identity of this man is unknown, but the photographs clearly come from a time when sitting for a portrait was only slightly more pleasant than a visit to the dentist. These photographs were clearly taken on two separate occasions, because although the suit of clothes remains the same, the subject wears a beard in one portrait but not the other unless the photographs were meant to document an appointment with his razor.



Dwarf 3
Unidentified dwarf lady
tintype, 4 x 2.5 inches, circa 1860
photographers: unknown


I stumbled upon this photograph at an antiques market near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her portrait was in among a selection of unremarkable unsmiling and bearded Victorians, but her bodily proportions alerted me to her special quality. She may have been an average citizen rather than a performer, but I wanted to include her here.



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