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This vintage real photo postcard is a spectacular portrait of a bride, groom, and wedding party at a “Tom Thumb” wedding. These faux weddings were similar to adult weddings. Children would dress up in real wedding clothes, take part in a fake humorous wedding ceremony, and attend lavish parties. “Tom Thumb” weddings are named after the celebrated wedding of P. T. Barnum’s dwarf performer, General Tom Thumb. That wedding took place in 1863. Tom Thumb weddings became very popular. They were theoretically, vehicles to teach children about religious values, to model adult behavior, to offer entertainment, and, at least some of them, raised money for charity. The message on this postcard was written in 1929 and is in French. The photograph has excellent clarity and appears to be issued by a private studio. If so, this image is likely one of a kind. The postcard is in good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

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  1. The French text reveals that this photo was taken at school on Prize Distribution Day (Jour des Prix), usually held at the end of the school year. Students dressed up in their best clothes on that day (on the photo they are costumed) and received a book if they worked well in class. Two of the children are identified by the writer of the postcard.

    • Thank you for the translation and for shedding light on the story behind this image.

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