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General Littlefinger Carte de Visite

General Littlefinger Carte de Visite


9.5x6.2 cm. Carte de Visite. Light foxing. Overall very good.

General Littlefinger (possibly Samuel Armour) toured with P.T. Barnum and the Barnum Circus. Touted as the "Smallest Man Alive", Littlefinger was likely played by a number of men. Barnum also employed a "Baron Littlefinger,""Lt. Littlefinger" and "Major Littlefinger," who all appear to be separate entities. This cabinet card shows the General at 20 years old, standing 31" and weighing 28lbs.

Samuel Armour (1847-1937) toured with Barnum under the name "General Littlefinger," though there are no photos identifying him as such. Born in Kentucky, he died in Bridgeport, Illinois at the age of 90. (351)

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