Framed collection of "General Tom Thumb" items, also known as Charles Sherwood Stratton. 1st-2nd item: "General Tom Thumb" broadside with an engraved illustration of Thumb and a group of people advertising his appearances at the Boston Museum, including his performance in ìHop Oí My Thumb Or,— the Seven League Boots!î, printed by Hooton's Press, Boston, circa 1853, and a carte de visite (CDV) depicting Thumb in a suit in a studio setting. Copy of a newspaper article about Thumb and his wife with ink inscriptions by previous owner, en verso. Matted and housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight – 20 3/8" H x 6" W. Framed – 21 7/8" H x 7 3/8" W. 3rd item: Currier and Ives lithograph titled "General Tom Thumb. Born in 1832_Is 28 Inches High, and Weighs Only 15 Pounds", lithographed and published by Currier and Ives, New York, circa 1849. Thumb is depicted standing on a chair, center, surrounded by smaller illustrations of his famous roles and performances, including "Equipage", "Napoleon", "Hercules", and "Cupid" in a decorative border. Color Wheel, McLean and Oakton, VA gallery label, en verso. Matted and housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight – 13 1/4" H x 9" W. Framed – 19 7/8" H x 14 3/8" W. Provenance: The collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. CONDITION: Overall good condition with foxing spots, areas of dampstaining to be expected from age. Pencil inscription from previous owner, lower right of broadside. Not examined outside of frames.
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