Nutt, Commodore & Stratton, Mrs. Charles (Mrs. Tom Thumb)

Two of P. T. Barnum's famed "little person" attractions, Nutt rivaled Tom Thumb for her love and lost

Price: $175.00

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GEORGE WASHINGTON MORRISON NUTT (1848-1881) 19th century "midget" American entertainer, he was touring New England with a circus when P. T. Barnum hired him in 1861 to appear as an attraction at his American Museum in New York City. Barnum gave him the stage name "Commodore Nutt", a lavish wardrobe that included miniature naval uniforms, and a tiny carriage in the shape of an English walnut. Commodore Nutt and General Tom Thumb (Charles S. Stratton, another of Barnum's little people) became rivals for the hand of miniature Museum attraction Lavinia Warren.. Thumb won Lavinia, and, Commodore Nutt, once he resigned himself to her loss, was Thumb's best man at the couple's 1863 wedding in Grace Episcopal Church, New York City. He eventually married Lilian Elston of Redwood City, California. Nutt toured the world 1869-72 with the Thumbs and Lavinia's miniature sister, Minnie Warren, and they returned home rich beyond their dreams. Nutt had a dispute with Barnum after the tour, and struck out on his own. He managed a variety show on the West Coast, occasionally performed, and operated saloons in Oregon and California without success. He died of Bright's Disease in New York in May 1881. LAVINIA WARREN (MRS. CHARLES STRATTON) (1841-1919) American entertainer, wife of General Tom Thumb (Charles S. Stratton). She and her younger sister had "proportionate dwarfism" (considered desirable by sideshows and "museums" of the era owing to its perfectly miniaturized characteristics with similar proportions as common larger people) caused by a pituitary disorder. After a successful career as a teacher, she went to work at 16 as a miniature dancer-singer on a Mississippi River showboat. Under P. T. Barnum's management, she changed her name from Mercy Lavinia Bumpus to Lavinia Warren, her stage name performing on the Mississippi. Romantically pursued by Commodore Nutt, her affections belonged to General Tom Thumb from the first. She married him Feb. 10, 1863, and they became perhaps the most famous public personages of the 1860s. President & Mrs. Lincoln received them at the White House. Two years after her husband's 1883 death, she married Italian dwarf Count Primo Magri, and, at 73, appeared with him in a 1915 silent film, "The Lilliputian's Courtship." 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 card signed as "Commodore Nutt" adding "og/281874" date; on verso is autograph of Mrs. Charles S. Stratton (a/k/a Mrs. Tom Thumb, formerly Lavinia Warren), his former love) adding Bangor, Maine, August 28 1874.

Condition: Very good, color of the Mrs. Charles Stratton image is natural, Nutt image is from a photocopy of the verso
Type:Signed card






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