CdV of Che-Mah


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[001971] [Che-Mah]. Carte-de-Visite of Che-Mah. London: London and County Portrait Company. First Edition. 32mo. Unbound. Carte-De-Visite. Good+. Carte-de-Visite of Che-Mah, the ‘Chinese’ dwarf, approximately 65mm x 110mm in size, n.d. but probably 1880.

Minor rubbing to extremities, otherwise quite bright and clean.

Reverse is printed with the details of the London and County Portrait Company, with Che-Mah’s ?name in ink in Chinese characters, with his height and age also written in ink.

Che-Mah was achondroplastic, apparently measuring only twenty-five inches in height, his age is given as 42 on the reverse on the card which matches with the Times article of 1880 where he appears with Chang and Brustad at the Aquarium in London.

See Bogdan, Freak Show, page 165.

Pritchard gives the dates of 1877-1878 for the 63 St. Pauls Churchyard address. Pritchard, page 81