Morris Gest’s Little Miracle Town with the World’s Greatest Midget Artistes. New York World’s Fair [cover title].
“There’s only ‘One in a Million’”
Souvenir of “Little Miracle Town” an attraction at the 1939 New York World’s Fair featuring a village and a theatrical production performed by little persons, here called midgets. The attraction was created by Broadway theatrical producer turned showman, Morris Gest, here styled “Morris ‘Gulliver’ Gest” to underscore the novelty of his act and its short-statured players.
Heavily-illustrated, there are portraits of over 60 little person cast members and vignettes in their staged “Little Miracle Town”, and its various themed villages. The front cover illustration shows the entirety of the town being held in the palm of a hand.
Articles within also present the little persons as physical specimens or medical curiosities, e.g. “Can Midgets Have Babies?” They are shown naked to demonstrate their physical proportions and in company with Black persons from Africa, a group historically exhibited at world’s fairs as anthropological curiosities.
A “Midget City” was also displayed at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exhibition in 1933–1934.
Description: Morris Gest’s Little Miracle Town with the World’s Greatest Midget Artistes. New York World’s Fair [cover title].
[New York, 1939]. 32pp. 10½ x 6¾ inches. Illustrated wrappers. Half tone illustrations and portraits from photographs. Light foxing and discoloration to rear cover which is plain, with no printing upon it; an attractive Near Fine copy.