Admiral Dot Cabinet Card

Admiral Dot Cabinet Card


Admiral Dot was a dwarf and performer for Barnum in the mid-late 1800's, and later with the Locke & Davis Royal Lilliputian Opera Company and Forepaugh's Circus. He died at age 54 or 59 (his birth year is up for debate) in October 1918, and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery (in Brooklyn).

Small cabinet card, shown here at age 13, 25", 15lbs.

Barnum said of Dot, "During the week we spent in seeing San Francisco and its suburbs [in 1869], I discovered a dwarf more diminutive than General Tom Thumb was when first I found him, and so handsome, well-formed and captivating, that I could not resist the temptation to engage him. I gave him the soubriquet of Admiral Dot, dressed him in complete Admiral's uniform, and invited the editors of the San Francisco journals to visit him in the parlours of the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Immediately there was an immense furore, and Woodward's Gardens, where "Dot" was exhibited for three weeks before going east, was daily thronged with crowds of his curious fellow citizens, under whose very eyes he had lived so long undiscovered."

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