SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Major Mite: 1922

Major Mite: 1922

December 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Two in one. The smallest midget and smallest 'camel' shriner in existence. Maj. Mite had to skirt the camera left carelessly by a photographer when leaving the White House." Clarence Chesterfield Howerton (1913-1975), a.k.a. "Major Mite," was 9 years old when this photo was taken. According to his obituary he was in the "Our Gang" movies and played a Munchkin in "The Wizard of Oz." National Photo Co. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!


I could be mistaken, but probably not. I actually own a nealry identical camera, which I still use. Mines a 5x7 with no rotating back. I'll post a photo of it.

Wizard of Oz

He played one of the baby Munchkins. He pops up out of an egg wearing pink and rubbing his eyes while they are singing Ding Dong the Witch is dead. He looks cute in this pic, but in Wizard and Our Gang, he is quite homely!

"Free Eats"

The Our Gang series short that starred Major Mite (as a very creepy looking "baby", with a very deep voice dubbed over his) also had the distinction of being the debut of young George "Spanky" McFarland, the only child of the dozens hired by Hal Roach to be billed separately.

Although Free Eats is the only film listed on Imdb as having starred Major Mite, I saw him on another short, quite a few years ago. As in Free Eats, he made odd pauses in speaking that I thought were kind of interesting.

Nice camera

Love that RB (Rotating Back) Graflex even if I can't tell whether it is 4X5 or 5X7.

If You See Something, Say Something

If anyone left something the size of that camera on the White House steps these days, the country would be put on Orange Alert.

Little Rascals

The Our Gang episode has the gang as charity guests at the home of some wealthy patron. He played one of the two dwarfs pretending to be babies so they could get picked up by the wealthy attendees and grab jewelry. He stayed in a carriage. They are caught when Stymie catches him smoking a cigar and says, "They're not babies. They're fidgets!"

[Free Eats (1932). -tterrace]

Aww yes my little Chickadee!

W.C. Fields as a boy.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.