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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb in Their Wedding Attire

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb in Their Wedding Attire
A weddings photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Handwritten caption (barely visible at the bottom of the photo above): "Mr. & Mrs. T. Thumb." Handwritten note on the back of the photo (see below): "Mr. & Mrs. Tom Thumb." Printed on the back of the photo: "Published by the New York Photographic Co., No. 453 Broadway, New York."

Other versions of this photo are captioned "Mr. & Mrs. 'General Tom Thumb' in Their Wedding Costumes" (see, for instance, Photo_History's copy, Tom Thumb's Wedding by Brady, on Flickr).

As Wikipedia explains, "General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton" (1838-1883), a little person who became famous as a performer for circus promoter P. T. Barnum. His marriage to Lavinia Warren (1841-1919), a little person who was a former school teacher, took place on February 10, 1863, and received extensive publicity.

Stratton died in 1883, and Lavinia married another little person, Count Primo Magri (1849-1920), in 1885 (see the photo of Count and Countess Magri below). Despite her marriage to Magri, Lavinia continued to make appearances as Mrs. General Tom Thumb (see below for a 1912 theater advertisement and an undated green ticket). Lavinia died in 1919 and was buried next to her first husband. Magri passed away the following year.

After all the publicity generated by Lavinia and Stratton's marriage in 1863, people began referring to the playful mock marriages in which children assume the roles of bride and groom as "Tom Thumb weddings." These events are still held today by churches and other groups for fundraising and entertainment purposes (see below for a photo of a children's mock wedding held in the 1920s).

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb in Their Wedding Attire (Back) Count and Countess Magri Mrs. General Tom Thumb, Trenton Theatre, 1912
Mrs. General Tom Thumb Co., Admit One Children's Mock Wedding, Perry County, Pa., 1920s

corduroy cat, lisabee73, Smiley Derleth have particularly liked this photo


Comments
 Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I knew their story.. it is fascinating how this lady got charm, and made good use of it to mesmerize gentlemen ! She got the most fabulous dress on her wedding day..... they look happy !
6 years ago.
Alan Mays club
has replied to Nylonbleu
Thanks! Their story--and clothes--are quite interesting, I think!
6 years ago.
 Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth club
What a page of treasures, Alan!
6 years ago.
Alan Mays club
has replied to Smiley Derleth club
Thanks very much, Smiley!
6 years ago.
 Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech club
Very interesting. Thanks, Alan and Babs!
6 years ago.

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