Midget General Willis Carver by Eisenmann New York

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CDV of Midget General Willis Carver by Eisenmann New York. With 'General Willis Carver' mount recto and Eisenmann's photographic logo mount verso. General Willis Carver was said to be from Beloit, Wisconsin, born in 1868. His Mom was a professonal fat lady, Madame Carver. It is extremely rare that parent and child were exhibited as two different kinds of freaks. In 1882 Willis married a 456lb lady and it is my guess that at one time Mother and son were exhibited as husband and wife. Little Willis Carver died in July 1898.

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.

Some discoloration lower third; otherwise fine excempt for some missing letters mount recto.


$100  No. 3436
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