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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 584
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Chickering, Elmer, photographer.
Title: Elmer Chickering photographs of "Chiquita" Espiridiona Cenda,
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Cabinet photographs of dwarf performer "Chiquita" Espiridiona Cenda.
Alize Espiridiona Cenda del Castillo was a 26 inch-tall dwarf, who was born in 1869 either in Cuba or Mexico, and died in 1928, 1939 or 1945 (sources disagree). She was a vaudeville artist who traveled in side or freak shows across the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was also known as "Chiquita", "The living doll", "The Cuban atom," "Mrs. Anthony C. Woeckner," and "Alice Zenda." She first came to the United States with Frank Charles Bostock (1866-1912), the animal trainer and menagerie proprietor. Cenda sang, danced, and acted, and was known for riding a bicycle. She spoke and sang in Italian, Spanish and English. Chiquita is a 2008 novel by Antonio Orlando Rodriguez based on the life of Cenda.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Portraits and group portraits of the entertainer, Chiquita. Includes 40 cabinet photographs and 1 photomechanical print. All cabinet card photographs are by Elmer Chickering Photographic Studio, Boston.Images of Chiquita with others include her manager, Frank Charles Bostock.
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