Circus midget CDV with Eisenmann's backstamp and photographic stamp mount recto. Features an unknown circus little person - woman. Circa 1865. She stands next to a small table and lamp.
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.
$100 No. 3440