Extreme Equines of Antiquity: Tom Thumb Meets Big Bill

“Tom Thumb” Meets “Big Bill” c. 1920s, originally uploaded by sunnybrook100.

Out of the pages of some fine photo album costs this beautiful photo from the 1920s. Meet little 76-pound “Tom Thumb”, billed as the smallest horse in the world at the time, as he is in introduced to “Big Bill”, a draft horse weighing in at 2265 pounds!

Tom Thumb’s owner, Mr. D. E. Clark of Cleveland, Ohio (holding horse at left), liked to brag that he only spent 50 cents a week to feed this little fellow, who was 28 inches tall. The farrier holding Big Bill is not identified.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Thumbelina is currently the smallest horse around. She stands 17 inches tall and weighs in at 60 pounds.

Many, many thanks to our friend Sunnybrook100 on Flickr.com who shares my passion for old photos of horses…the difference is that she is a photo archives professional and knows so many details. Her collections and her attention to research are admirable. She combines the best attributes of the historian with the digital skills of the 21st century research. There are people like her scouring the globe to find and protect these lovely old photos before they are gone. I should add also to share them, which she very kindly does. Thank you!

And what about Einstein? Chances are, you have seen him on some news broadcast or another, and he has enough videos on YouTube to start his own channel, but I know there are a lot of people who just can’t get enough Einstein, so here’s your daily dose of cute!




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