Anonymous, ca 1850-55 ambrotype of Tom Thumb's miniature carriage posed in a street before a white picket fence. While Tom is not visible, the carriage is drawn by two miniature spotted ponies and is attended by a uniformed driver and footman (actually children). Several adults and children look on. Housed in a half leather case.
Barnum had this miniature carriage specially built for his European tour in 1844, and it proved to be an enormous advertising smash. Bragging to a friend, Barnum noted His carriage, ponies & servants in livery...will the kill the public. They can't survive! It will be the greatest hit in the universe see if it ain't (Kunhardt et. al. 1995:60) While studio portraits of Tom and his carriage exist in stereoscopic form, this is the first cased image we have seen of this remarkable attraction.
Condition: Condition: With slight wear to leather case, all else in excellent condition.
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