Midget by Eisenmann Cabinet Card

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Circus midget poses in this cabinet card. This female dwarf is identified as 27 years old at the time in period hand mount verso that is nearly faded away. With a large chip running down the left side of the mount, not detracting from the actual image.

Eisenmann, a German immigrant, opened his studio on the Bowery in 1879 and soon began to photograph the many entertainers and personalities who came to the neighborhood to perform at the theatres and dime museums that dominated the area. Famed for his portraits of sideshow freaks and even P.T. Barnum himself in 1885.(see 'Monsters Of The Gilded Age - The Photographs of Chas. Eisenmann' by Michael Mitchell, Gage Publishing 1979)

In Eisenmann's block the New York Museum (210 Bowery) featured, in person, The Ford Brothers who shot down Jesse James - perhaps this group appeared there as well.

$75  No. 3097
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