|CLICK TO SEE WHAT GERTIE KNOWS, AND YOU DO NOT|
She answers like a flash on lightning, purely from memory, thousands of difficult questions on all subjects. Biblical history, national history, population of all the large cities of the earth, dates of discoveries, dates of great battles, with generals officiating and numbers killed and wounded, national debt of all nations, including our own national debt…"
Gertie Cochran was speaking at age seven months and was not long forced to memorize everything! Well, maybe to everything, but certainly more than I feel like taking the time to copy! Gertie was on the road was on the road at age 5, and "she…created a perfect "furore" wherever exhibited." Click to enlarge the patter…and be prepared to ask questions. Gertie takes them all on. Prepare to be dumfounded.
A cabinet card photograph by Frank Wendt, likely used, and sold, as a souvenir at Little Miss Gertie's shows. Wendt was understudy to the famed circus freak photographer G. Eisenmann, and worked out of both New York City and later Boonton, New Jersey. The card dates to a performance in 1898 in Lake Chautaugua, New York. Wendt was also known for his circus and sideshow photographs, but the book below collects his numerous photos of young women forced on the road at an early age.
See the book HOOFERS AND SWEETHEARTS: THE Little Women of Frank Wendt. Vintage Photographs from the Collection of Jim Linderman. 80 pages. Paperback $21.95 Ebook $5.99.