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Background imageMidget Collection: Submarine depot at Portsmouth Harbour

Submarine depot at Portsmouth Harbour
Pre-WWI submarine depot at Portsmouth Harbour

Background imageMidget Collection: C H Schafers Midget Circus Troupe - Munich

C H Schafers Midget Circus Troupe - Munich
circa 1910s

Background imageMidget Collection: Mlle. Anita, the Doll Lady, and her brother

Mlle. Anita, the Doll Lady, and her brother
Mlle. Anita, measuring about twenty-six inches in height, and known as The Doll Lady or the Living Doll, pictured with her ordinary-sized brother, Herr Ignatz Zachowly during a visit to England

Background imageMidget Collection: General Tom Thumb

General Tom Thumb
Charles Sherwood Stratton (1838 - 1883), known as General Tom Thumb, was a dwarf who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum

Background imageMidget Collection: Ohm & Stoppelbein Special N6H

Ohm & Stoppelbein Special N6H, race no 15, midget racer. Designed and built by Richard Ohm and Gordon Stoppelbein at McLean VA, the Special was powered by an 85hp Continental C85. Date: circa 1950

Background imageMidget Collection: X Craft - British Midget Submarine - HMS Excelsior

X Craft - British Midget Submarine - HMS Excelsior
The Interior of an X Craft - British Midget Submarine HMS Excelsior. Date: 1945

Background imageMidget Collection: Studio portrait of married midget couple, early 1900s

Studio portrait of married midget couple, early 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: Brooklands Race

Brooklands Race
Scenes from the British Thousand Miles Race at Brooklands. The wreckage of an M.G. Midget driven by H. Leeson, who died in the accident. And female winners T. H. Wisdom and Joan Richmond. Date: 1932

Background imageMidget Collection: General Tom Thumb as Napoleon

General Tom Thumb as Napoleon
General Tom Thumb (Charless Stratton) as Napoleon. 19th century

Background imageMidget Collection: The Rossow midgets at the London Hippodrome

The Rossow midgets at the London Hippodrome
The Rossow midgets, brothers Frank and Charlie, performing at the London Hippodrome. The highlight of their act was a boxing match. Date: 1902

Background imageMidget Collection: Machnow eating breakfast at the London Hippodrome

Machnow eating breakfast at the London Hippodrome
Feodor Machnow, the Russian giant, pictured next to his manager and (possibly) members of the staff at the London Hippodrome, eating breakfast during his time performing there

Background imageMidget Collection: Machnow the Giant & Madame Chiquita, London Hippodrome

Machnow the Giant & Madame Chiquita, London Hippodrome
Machnow the Giant, alleged to be 9 3 " tall (more likely 7 10" ) appearing at the London Hippodrome in 1905 with the diminutive Madame Chiquita who is only 18" high. Date: 1902

Background imageMidget Collection: Batess pygmy antelope and anoa (critically endangered)

Batess pygmy antelope and anoa (critically endangered)
Batess pygmy antelope, Neotragus batesi, and anoa or midget buffalo, Bubalus depressicornis (critically endangered). Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Rene Primevere Lessons Complements de

Background imageMidget Collection: Foss Special Racer N68732

Foss Special Racer N68732, race no 94, midget racer. Powered by the ubiquitous 85hp Continental C85, the Foss Special, also known as Ginny

Background imageMidget Collection: Nimmo Special Racer N24C

Nimmo Special Racer N24C, race no 39, midget racer, also known as Argander Special (written on the engine cowling). The Special was powered by an 85hp Continental C85

Background imageMidget Collection: Harold Pyott - Tiny Tim the English Midget

Harold Pyott - Tiny Tim the English Midget
Harold Pyott (1887-1937) - Tiny Tim the English Midget The Living Doll - aged 43 years old, height 23", weight 24lbs. Twelve inches smaller than the renowned Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) of P

Background imageMidget Collection: Troupe of Royal Midgets, including Madam Tom Thumb

Troupe of Royal Midgets, including Madam Tom Thumb. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: Ships of the British Royal Navy, WW2

Ships of the British Royal Navy, WW2
" The vast, inventive, adaptive, and in the end, all-controlling power of the Royal Navy" - the Prime Ministers tribute in his recent broadcast

Background imageMidget Collection: Royal Family meet Anita

Royal Family meet Anita
Edith Barlow ( Anita ) a very small (26 inches) guest of the Royal family at the Royal Garden Party. Anita became a member of Bertram Mills Touring Circus

Background imageMidget Collection: The Turkish Tom Thumb

The Turkish Tom Thumb - Pasha Hayati Hassid. Born 1852 - height 30 inches - weight 34 lbs - spoke seven languages. Introduced to England by Lloyd Forsyth

Background imageMidget Collection: Florence Upton playing cards - The Bun Cart

Florence Upton playing cards - The Bun Cart. circa 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: Florence Upton playing cards - Sarah and Midget

Florence Upton playing cards - Sarah and Midget. circa 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: Florence Upton playing cards - Midget in Nest

Florence Upton playing cards - Midget in Nest. circa 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: Florence Upton playing cards - Midget Firing

Florence Upton playing cards - Midget Firing. circa 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: Florence Upton playing cards - Lost Midget

Florence Upton playing cards - Lost Midget. circa 1900s

Background imageMidget Collection: International Exhibition, Paris, 1937 -- Kingdom of Liliput

International Exhibition, Paris, 1937 -- Kingdom of Liliput, Town Hall, with the Mayor and two Gendarmes. Date: 1937

Background imageMidget Collection: Sunshine Bakers exhibit at Loose Wiles Biscuit Co exhibit

Sunshine Bakers exhibit at Loose Wiles Biscuit Co exhibit at the New York Worlds Fair - " the cutest little midgets you ever saw and they put on a grand show" ! Date: 1939

Background imageMidget Collection: The Midget and the Leviathan, small and large railway engine

The Midget and the Leviathan, small and large railway engines in America Date: circa 1920

Background imageMidget Collection: Charles Stratton, the American dwarf, 1844

Charles Stratton, the American dwarf, 1844
A review, as featured in the Illustrated London News, 1844, reporting on the recent performance of Charles S. Stratton, the American dwarf (also known as General Tom Thumb)

Background imageMidget Collection: Underwater pioneers by G. H. Davis

Underwater pioneers by G. H. Davis
Underwater pioneers: early ancestors of our midget submarines. Some 17th to 20th century designs: primitive forerunners of Britains latest naval weapon. Date: 1943

Background imageMidget Collection: British midget submarine attack by G. H. Davis

British midget submarine attack by G. H. Davis
One of the Second World Wars most daring exploits: the British midget submarine (XE3) attack which gained VCs for Lieutenant Ian Fraser RNR and Leading Seaman James Magennis

Background imageMidget Collection: SCOTTs OYSTER BAR

SCOTTs OYSTER BAR
Scotts Oyster Bar, in the West End of London. Date: 1930s

Background imageMidget Collection: Miniature French Horse Omnibus - Royaume de Lilliput

Miniature French Horse Omnibus - Royaume de Lilliput
Miniature French Horse Omnibus, pulled by two small ponies - Royaume de Lilliput, Paris, France (a Circus-Related Midget Dwarf Troupe). Date: 1910s

Background imageMidget Collection: French Midget Entertainment Troupe - Les Colibris

French Midget Entertainment Troupe - Les Colibris - Troupe Royal de Liliput. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageMidget Collection: Cockington Forge

Cockington Forge, Devon, England, where huge quantities of midget horseshoes for holidaymakers are made yearly on the old forge. Date: 1950s

Background imageMidget Collection: New York Worlds Fair - Little Miracle Town

New York Worlds Fair - Little Miracle Town
New York Worlds Fair, 1939 - Morris Gests (Jewish-American theatrical producer - 1975-1942) Little Miracle Town - featuring the worlds greatest midget artistes. Date: 1939

Background imageMidget Collection: Nicolas Ferry, Midget

Nicolas Ferry, Midget
NICOLAS FERRY known as Bebe (= Baby) French dwarf, with big dog Date: 1739 - 1764

Background imageMidget Collection: MG Midget chassis assembly and being driven, 1932

MG Midget chassis assembly and being driven, 1932 Date: 1932

Background imageMidget Collection: Tiny Town cabby and passenger at Victoria Station

Tiny Town cabby and passenger at Victoria Station
A Tiny Town cabby and his passenger at Victoria Station, at the time of a Tiny Town exhibition at Olympia, West London

Background imageMidget Collection: MG Midget

MG Midget
Two sport chaps out for a jaunt in an MG M-type Midget (8 HP). They are jhaving a joke with an older gent in a white coat, holding a large jar of cider and smoking a pipe!

Background imageMidget Collection: Tiny Town carpenters constructing a shop

Tiny Town carpenters constructing a shop
A group of Tiny Town carpenters constructing a shop, part of a Tiny Town exhibition at Olympia, West London

Background imageMidget Collection: General Tom Thumb as Frederick the Great, 1845

General Tom Thumb as Frederick the Great, 1845
Engraving showing General Tom Thumb, real name Charles Sherwood Stratton (1838-1883), dressed as Frederick the Great of Russia in London, 1845. Stratton was an American midget showman who was in P.T

Background imageMidget Collection: Making History

Making History
In February 1931, for the first time a " baby" car achieved the speed of over 100mph. The MG Midget exceeded 103mph for 5km winning the international double 12 hour race

Background imageMidget Collection: Ben Tillett / Vfair 1908

Ben Tillett / Vfair 1908
BENJAMIN TILLETT English Labour leader, trades unionist and MP, seen here with JOHN WARD

Background imageMidget Collection: Mr Eyston in his M. G. Midget

Mr Eyston in his M. G. Midget
Breaker of Sir Malcolm Campbells world speed record for baby cars seen here in his M.G. Midget. Eyston established more records during his racing career than virtually any other driver

Background imageMidget Collection: Boston Fair, 1940S

Boston Fair, 1940S
Sideshows at Boston Fair, Lincolnshire, which is held annually. Attractions include the Smallest Married Couple of Tiny Town

Background imageMidget Collection: Baby on Rug / Midget C1909

Baby on Rug / Midget C1909
A baby lies on a rug with an astonishingly knowing look in its eye



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