Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville


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The name Rose's Royal Midgets held an important place at theatres, circuses and fairgrounds across three continents a century ago, even if each component of the troupe's name crumbles into dust by light of day ("Rose" was a pseudonym", the company held no Royal patent, and the word "midget" has passed out of use in polite society). This large touring production of Little People was the creation of one of show biz history's great impresarios, Ike Rose, now forgotten but once in a league with names like Barnum and Ziegfeld as men who delivered full value for the price of a ticket. Peruse these pages for a glimpse into a vanished world, one as cynical as it was magical, but one that was also always fascinating.
Illustrated with over 100 vintage postcards and photographs from the company
and other performers from the period.

About the author

Trav S.D. has written for the NYTimes, Village Voice, American Theatre, TimeOutNY, The Villager. He has been in the vanguard of New York's vaudeville and burlesque scenes since 1995. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 book No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous view profile

Published on December 15, 2020

Published by Vaudevisuals Press

30000 words

Genre: Entertainment