This newspaper advertisement promotes the famous General Tom Thumb, who was born as Charles Stratton and first exhibited more than a decade earlier. While introduced to the world by Barnum in 1848, this 1860 advertisement indicates that Stratton "is no longer under an engagement to any individual, but gives his Exhibitions solely on his own account." This exhibition included the same elements made popular by Barnum, from the costumes and imitations to the many souvenirs available for sale.
THE ORIGINAL AND CELEBRATED
Gen. Tom Thumb
The World-Renowned American Man in Miniature
This is the same remarkable LITTLE MAN, who was first introduced to the public by P. T. BARNUM, Esq., at his American Museum, New York, on the 8th day of December, 1842, and who after receiving the adulations of millions of ladies and gentlemen throughout the United States, went to Europe, appeared on FOUR different occasions before Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, and the Royal Family, as well as nearly all the Crowned Heads of Europe, and Twenty Millions of Persons.
He last summer returned from a second tour through Great Britain, Germany, Holland, and France, and having long since acquired a fortune, he has been trying for the second time to content himself by retiring to private life. He finds, however, that SEVENTEEN YEARS OF PUBLIC LIFE have served to render the excitement attendant thereon, necessary to his happiness, and for this reason he has determined to make one more Tour through the United States, including California, after which he contemplates visiting Australia, and returning again to England.
The little General’s outfit on this occasion is of the most splendid and superb description. His entire entertainment is elegant, unique, amusing, and enchanting. He spares no pains nor expense to render it worthy of the patronage and attention of all classes.
Since his last appearance in this country, the little General’s intellect has vastly expanded. He has also added to his attractions a great variety of New Songs, Dances, Imitations, and Performance in numerous Costumes.
He has secured the services of
THE GREAT VIOLINIST, AND ALSO THE CELEBRATED PIANIST
Late of the Academy of Music, who will appear at each Entertainment.
FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY!
At Hope Chapel, 720 Broadway,
Commencing Monday, April 2nd,
Two Entertainments every day, from 3 to 4 1/2 o’clock, and 7 1/2 to 9 o’clock, except Saturday, when there will be an extra entertainment, making three entertainments that day, commencing at 12, 3, and 7 1/2 o’clock, for the accomodation of schools, and families living at a distance.
This Charming Man in Miniature is undoubtedly by far THE SMALLEST MAN ALIVE, of his age. He is intelligent, sprightly, educated, perfectly symmetrical in all his proportions, and graceful beyond belief.
HE IS 22 YEARS OLD, AND WEIGHS 33 POUNDS
He appears in a great variety of interesting performances, Imitations, Costumes, Songs, Dances, & c., including
Napoleon Bonaparte, Frederick the Great, The Oxonian, Sailor, Grecian Statues, Highland
Chieftain, Bobbing around, Villikins and his Dinah, The Court Dress worn before Her
Majesty, The Polka, Highland Fling, & c., &c.
THE MAGNIFICENT JEWELS, & C., &C.
Presented to him by Queen Victoria and the Crowned Heads of Europe, are exhibited at each entertainment.
THE GENERAL’S BEAUTIFUL EQUIPAGE,
Consisting of Miniature Chariot drawn by the
SMALLEST PONIES IN THE WORLD,
And attended by ELFIN COACHMAN and FOOTMAN in Livery, will Promenade the Public Streets on the day of Exhibition. When the weather is pleasant, the GENERAL RIDES in HIS LITTLE CARRIAGE to and from the Hall of Exhibition.
The Little General is no longer under an engagement to any individual, but gives his Exhibitions solely on his own account.
The Little General will supply his visitors (at cost price) with Photographs and Medals, representing him in his various Characters; also, with his Book, containing an account of his History, Family, and Travels well as all of his SONGS. He gives his peculiar STAMPED RECEIPT to such Lady purchasers as may desire it. His Performances are accompanied with Music.
The Piano used at the General’s Entertainments is from Chickerings’, NO. 694 Broadway
Day Entertainment, 25 cts.
Evening Entertainment, 15 cts.
Children under 10 years, 13 cts.
Reserved Seats, 25 cts.
Source: Billy Rose Theatre Collection, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts