(10 x 8 In) This is an original antique photograph from the 1920s. It shows a group of morose looking children in beautiful mock wedding clothes posing for a fantastic roaring 20s Tom Thumb Wedding. I have to wonder if the photographer was screaming at them because most of them look like they are about to burst into tears, with the exception of one beaming girl (four over from left) who seems to be enjoying herself. An amazing collection of cute/ sad faces, fashionable outfits and hairstyles.
"Tom Thumb Weddings" have been put on for community crowds in America for over a hundred years, and they are still being performed today in a manner largely unchanged from their 19th-century origins.
The play takes its name and inspiration from Charles Stratton, aka "General Tom Thumb", a Connecticut-born man with dwarfism who made considerable fame performing in P.T. Barnum’s sideshow. In February 1863 he married Lavinia Warren, a fellow little person, in a posh New York ceremony dubbed the “Fairy Wedding." Afterwards scripts for putting on your own "Tom Thumb" wedding were sold by the thousands and the pageants became wildly popular.
The photo is in VERY GOOD condition, a few minor creases, some paper stuck to back side.
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