Every detail was in miniature to accommodate its 125 midget inhabitants.
Brought over from europe by Morris Gest, the 36,000 square foot exhibit contained a restaurant, city hall, theater, art gallery and railroad station all tailored to the diminutive stature of the town's inhabitants. Admission: 25¢
This is more than the typical attraction brochure, it is a tribute to the Little People who lived, performed, and worked in the village during the Fair. The booklet is filled with facts and photographs, including portraits of 63 of the town's folk.
The term midget is considered today to be pejorative by some today. However, the performers at Morris Guest's concession in the Amusement Zone were referred to as midgets in 1939, and, thus, the references in the following articles.
- A problem arose when the small performers went to the fair's Treasury Building to have their pictures taken for their admission passes. None of the stools were large enough for the performers to set on and at the camera's level.
- Norman Halliday, one of Guest's performers, was rushed to Parson's Hospital for an emergency appendectomy. The doctor commented it was the smallest appendix he had ever removed.
- The Little Miracle Town grew more popular after the premier of "The Wizard of Oz" in mid-August.
- King August Wilmot, a small person whose comedy act failed to find an audience at the concession, was found dead from starvation at the Hotel Watson in late July.
- Morris Guest had difficulty acquiring performers from Austria since the German Anschluss. Many had to sneak through the forests to get to favorable ports.
- After Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, twenty German performers walked into the German Consulate in the city and offered their services to the fatherland.
- When the concession's performers attempted to return to Europe in November, twenty were left on the pier when the Italian Line refused their check for passage.
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- Amusement Zone