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“Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville”. A Review by Dominique Jando.

In the first half of the twentieth century, performing troupes of Little People ⏤ then popularly known as Midgets ⏤ were undeniably, in Europe or in the United States, the main drawing cards of any variety or circus production that featured them. After their appearance in M-G-M’s “The Wizard of Oz,” the Munchkins’ everlasting fame has been a testimony to their timeless appeal. “Midgets” were not to be confused with Little People victim of achondroplasia: unlike the latter, they were perfectly proportioned, looking like amazingly gifted children who had just fled Neverland. Endearing to their audiences, they were also genuinely talented performers, and if only for that reason, their place in show business history is indeed worthy of attention.

“Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville,” published by Vaudevisuals Press, justly gives them the long-overdue attention they deserve as performing artists: the very short bibliography appearing at the end of the book sadly shows how little has been written about them, unless they appeared under the generic denomination of “freaks” in a few books related to carnival and circus sideshows — an even more derogatory term than “Midgets,” especially for the true performers they often were.

Trav S.D., American vaudeville’s foremost historian and keeper of the flame (whose book “No Applause, Just Throw the Money” is a must for anyone curious about vaudeville), tells us in a well-researched essay the history of Ike Rose and his Royal Midgets company, which forms the backbone of the book and benefits from precious documents in the personal collection of Karen McCarty — whose grandmother, Gladys Farkas, was a member of Rose’s company. Besides rare photographs, reproductions of contracts, advertising booklets, and programs give us a wonderful insight into the life of the troupes of that era.

In another well-illustrated essay, Trav introduces us to other famous Little People, from P.T. Barnum’s Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) to the Doll Family (born Schneider) and many lesser-known individuals and troupes, with biographical notices that finally take them out of the shadows. The book opens with an essay by James Taylor (author of “Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway”) on performing Little People’s reaction to the much too frequent use of the derogatory terminology that usually describes them, whether or not in a professional context. It ends with a gallery of Charles Eisenmann’s photographic portraits of Little People (from the Syracuse University Library’s Ronald G. Becker Collection) dating back to the 1880s.

Edited and published by Jim Moore, photographer to the circus stars, “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville” is a wonderful tribute to bona-fide artists who, notwithstanding the special appeal of their physical peculiarity, were by and large talented actors, singers, dancers, comedians, and circus performers who certainly deserved more than a quick footnote in the history of show business.

Dominique Jando ~ Circopedia

Ike Rose and his troupe visiting the White House in 1926.
A review of Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville by Circopedia's founder/director Dominique Jando.
Dudley Foster photographed by Charles Eisenmann.
From the Charles Eisenmann section of Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville.
Courtesy of the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

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“Rose’s Royal Midgets And Other Little People of Vaudeville” Video

Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville ~ A new book from Vaudevisuals Press ~

Available now at: http://vaudevisualspress.shop

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Coney Island USA “Ask the Experts” ~ Wed. Nov. 18th, 2020 Rebroadcast.

Coney Island USA presented a wonderful evening of discussion and interviews. Hosted by Adam Realman and featuring photographer/publisher Jim R Moore and writer/producer/performer Trav SD. The discussion topic was the new book from Vaudevisuals Press ~ “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville.”

For more information and/or to purchase the book “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville” click here.

So many other great events happening at Coney Island USA!

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Coney Island USA’s “Ask The Expert” – Jim R Moore and Trav S.D. ~ 11/18/20

Appearing on the Online “Ask The Expert” hour will be Vaudevisuals Press publisher Jim R Moore and author Trav S.D.

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf ~ “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville”.

Vaudevisuals.com is proud to announce the launch of Vaudevisuals Press!

Starting with Vaudevisuals Press postcards and then in November the publication of a very wonderful collaborative book.

“Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville”.

Not your ordinary ‘performing arts’ history book! A wonderful look at an early 1900’s theater company that toured the USA for many years entertaining thousands at theaters, fairs, carnivals, circus and vaudeville. They were ‘Little People’ with Lots of Talent!

Penned by author/blogger/actor/producer Trav SD with a terrific Foreward by “Shocked and Amazed” publisher James Taylor. Illustrated with personal photographs from an original member of Rose’s company and vintage postcards of the company and other performers.

PRESALE GOING ON NOW!

“Without pandering nor passing judgment this book documents in detail the performers, producers, the stage routines themselves and the various venues from those straight up and upscale to others shameful and shady. This book probes both the Dark and the Dazzling sides of the American Imagination. Only rare books like this seriously confront our more bizarre past and allow the new generations of show folk to revise to reinvent to reform American Theater.”

Dick Zigun Founder/Director ~ Coney Island USA

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Flashback! Introducing Vaudephone – Episode 1 – Poor Baby Bree

Originally posted on April 12, 2012.
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Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.

Travis and I both really enjoyed making these Vaudephone videos but couldn’t find a ‘sponsor’ to finance the continuation of the productions. Based on the Vitaphone series that is currently being packaged on DVD. So here is the first one and I will be posting more of them in the coming weeks! Enjoy!

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Noah Diamond performing “The United Nations Song”

Vaudephone

This was originally posted in March 2013. It is hard to believe that 4 years have passed since Travis and I produced this series. I am bringing them back one by one every week! Hold on and watch The Vaudephone Series!

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Cornelia Street Cafe on March 25th, 2013
For more information on Noah Diamond:
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Lady Aye – A Little Bit of Sideshow – A Vaudephone Presentation

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

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Recorded at Cornelia Street Cafe on Feb. 26th, 2013
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Dandy Darkly tells the tale of “Captain Chad and the Mermaid” – A Vaudephone Presentation

Dandy Darkly weaves a vicious tale to start off the new season of Vaudephone.
Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

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Recorded at Cornelia Street Cafe on Feb. 26th, 2013

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ReRun of Vaudephone #2 – Jenny Lee Mitchell

Our Vaudephone taping schedule is officially on hiatus as Travis S.D. works on his new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube. We will be resuming with a whole batch of new and exciting contemporary variety performers starting in June. In the meantime, please enjoy the incomparable Jenny Lee Mitchell as Deirdre Pazzeco in “sopravvalutato”:

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

(Diedre Pazzesco played by Jenny Lee Mitchell)

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Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.