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Little Miracle Town

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Hi,

greetings from the Low Lands near the Sea!

I'm looking for more pics of Little Miracle Town.

Who can help?

Thanks!

Leo

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Same picture, different caption. I know very little about it. Maybe they renamed it between the two Fair seasons.

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Here's another "group photo"

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same postcard as yours, with the caption on the back side shown:

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A couple of photos of the band....

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Some of the musical instruments look like they've been "sized down" to fit the musician- but that accordian looks like a killer!

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Here's a previously unpublished view from a future CD I am working on:

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The sign over the doorway says "World's Greatest Midget Artists"

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Little People exhibits were common at World's Fairs and Expositions before World War II.

One of the usual schemes was to name one of them honorary 'Mayor' or 'Police Chief'. It would seem that this guy made a career out of it!

In between World's Fair gigs, Jack Glicken found time to appear as one of the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, and he traveled to New York to marry a 400-pound woman!.

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More photos of Midget City at the San Diego Expo:

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/calpac/cardlist/midget.htm

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Dear Bill,

Nicest photo I have seen around. I have a color view like this from the entrance bridge nearby, taken during the "golden hour" - this building actually glittered in the sunset. Very attractive. I thought I posted it here long ago? I was surprised to see so many images of this exhibit from 39/40, although most look nothing like mine for some reason. I just realized - none of those images are candids. Yours is the only one. I have images of them up close in the little town and with the barker out front too. Neat stuff but strange - like the baby incubators!

Best,

MB

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The curvy wall in the background looks like it's the back side of the facade in Bill's photo. It would seem that once you got past the ticket booth and walked through the entrance in the facade, there was a whole miniature village in there, with everything down-sized to the scale of the "Little People". So a visitor would feel like Gulliver.

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Yep - there was a Honeymoon Suite and many othe little structures. Like I said, I have many candids of this little village but they are so strange to look at. They are among the more common amusment photographs - if one can say that. Not as hard to find as Gypsy Rose and nowhwere near as hard to find as Dream of Venus. Perhaps a little easier to find compared to, in order, Natures Mistakes or Frank Buck IMNH. I think I have looked at too many albums!

MB

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Dear Friends,

When I asked this little question I did not expect so many great reactions!

Here in the Netherlands a book by Arthur Japin about the village is very popular; that's why I'd like to learn more about Little Miracle Town.

Thanks a lot!

Leo

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I believe that the 1939 Life Magazine with the big story on the Fair (T&P on cover) had at least one or two nice shots of this, and described them as "Lilliputians". ... if my memory serves me correctly.

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Little People exhibits were common at World's Fairs and Expositions before World War II.

One of the usual schemes was to name one of them honorary 'Mayor' or 'Police Chief'. It would seem that this guy made a career out of it!

In between World's Fair gigs, Jack Glicken found time to appear as one of the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, and he traveled to New York to marry a 400-pound woman!.

Image13.jpg

Jack_Glicken_Chief_of_Police.jpg

More photos of Midget City at the San Diego Expo:

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/calpac/cardlist/midget.htm

Add one more 'World's Fair' where he was Police Chief- Dallas 1936 (Texas Centennial Exposition). Looks like he brought his own uniform with him- it's identical to the one he wore three years later in San Francisco.

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Here's a previously unpublished view from a future CD I am working on:

39-morris-gest.jpg

The sign over the doorway says "World's Greatest Midget Artists"

Bill,

Can you tell who any of the flying people are who are painted on the facade? I have seen a picture of the citizens of Little Miracle Town posing with Elektro the Westinghouse Robot, and in the background there is a three-headed flying creature with the faces of Harpo, Chico, and Groucho Marx, painted in a style similar to the characters on the wall in your picture. I'm just wondering if they were all celebrities.

David C.

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I can't make them out very well, but they do like like celebrities of the time.

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One of the pictures in the newly-released Life Magazine picture archives on Google is another view of the facade of Little Miracle Town. It is possible to see the faces of some of the celebrities painted on the wall. Some I can recognize are George Bernard Shaw, Fred Astair, Ginger Rogers, Sonja Henie (wearing skates), Jimmy Durante, Joe E. Brown, Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, and Charlie Chaplin. Morris Gest, the impresario responsible for Little Miracle Town, is of course, the central and largest figure in the painting. He stands above the entrance, holding what looks to be a model of the exhibit.

David C. (AKA Elektro)

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After doing some more research, I've found out the three-headed Marx caricature appeared in the lower part of the mural to the right of the entrance to Little Miracle Town. More details can be found here. I've also noticed that the exhibit was called Morris Gest's Midget Town in the 1940 guidebook. The description of the exhibit says "a troupe of 80 pocket-editon representatives of humanity live with a lone giant." I wonder who the giant was?

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My uncle was a drummer and general dancer entertainer with the troupe. He was the Mayor of Tiny Town when Fred Roper's Troupe toured South Africa (my uncle was only 16!) He was 19 here. I am writing a book about him and the LMT as I have about 150 letter home from him and also from Fred Roper to my Grandmother (to reassure her he was ok). Any info or descriptions of shows etc much appreciated. You will be the first to get an invite to the book signing! Don't hold your breath.

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