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#1 konijn

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 03:58 AM

Hi,
greetings from the Low Lands near the Sea!

I'm looking for more pics of Little Miracle Town.
Who can help?

Thanks!
Leo

#2 Randy Treadway

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:07 PM

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

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#3 Randy Treadway

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:12 PM

Here's another "group photo"

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:15 PM

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

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:18 PM

A couple of photos of the band....

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:24 PM

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

#7 Bill Cotter

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 03:22 PM

Here's a previously unpublished view from a future CD I am working on: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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Posted 15 January 2007 - 09:16 PM

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.sandiegoh...list/midget.htm

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 12:02 AM

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!

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MB

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 09:40 AM

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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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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:07 AM

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!

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 08:39 AM

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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Posted 17 January 2007 - 08:55 AM

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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Posted 30 January 2007 - 01:05 PM

[quote name='"Randy Treadway":b646e']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.sandiegoh...list/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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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:01 PM

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"


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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