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The Real Tom Thumb: History's Smallest Superstar
The Real Tom Thumb: History's Smallest Superstar
The Real Tom Thumb: History's Smallest Superstar
46 min • History, Business & Technology • 2014 • G

Meet General Tom Thumb, an unusually small man. By age 9 he was a celebrity with enough money to retire, thanks to the famous showman, P.T. Barnum.

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The extraordinary story of General Tom Thumb - the world’s first global show business celebrity. Just 64cm tall, he went from humble beginnings in America to international superstardom, eventually performing on stage to over 50 million people, including President Lincoln and Queen Victoria. His stardom truly reflected the age of the time, exploding amidst the advent of the railroad and flash photography.