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A limited edition of 130 boxed sets of letterpress handprinted two color cards. The cards contain all 35 of the 1893 Midway Midgets.

During the 1893 Chicago World's Fair an artist from a nearby type foundry made drawings of some of the foreign entertainers on the Midway. The drawings were made into small printer's ornaments and were called the Midway Midgets. I have scanned these 35 Midgets and had them made into copper dies for printing by letterpress. I did 100 sets of playing cards and this project is to include all 35 Midgets, with photographs from the Fair, and historical information. As you can see in the video I have been able to find photographs that almost exactly match the Midget portrayed. I have been assembling a reference library of photography books and history books about the Fair. All of this material is out of copyright. The end result of this project will be a limited edition of 130 boxes of cards. The boxes will contain at least 28, two color, hand printed letterpress cards and at least 14 photographs printed on photo paper and trimmed to fit the box. I need your help to purchase the paper and supplies needed to finish this project. I am about one third done with this project and with funding I could finish this by summer. Thank you very much.

FAQ

  • The second definition of midget in the dictionary is an adjective meaning "very small". The pictures were produced in lead at 60 and 72 points for printers, meaning they were an inch or less tall. They are in every case portraying normal sized people who could be seen on the Midway of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The real meaning is midget type ornaments from the Midway of the 1893 Fair.

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    Receive the Midway Midget 1893 Letterpress Cards plus a gift certificate for one person to take a one day letterpress printing workshop, either beginner or intermediate, in Alexandria, Virginia taught by Stuart Bradley.

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    Receive both the Midway Midget Playing Cards and the Midway Midget 1893 Letterpress Cards as above plus a gift certificate for two people to take a one day letterpress printing workshop in Alexandria, Virginia taught by Stuart Bradley.

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