"Tom Thumb" Meets "Big Bill" c. 1920s
In this delightful 1920s 6 x 8 inch vintage black-and-white photograph the diminuative "Tom Thumb" (billed as the smallest horse in the world at the time) is introduceded to "Big Bill," a large handsome draft horse. As the two gingerly sniff noses, Tom is held by his owner, D. E. Clark of Cleveland, Ohio, while Bill's halter is held by a man wearing a farrier's leather apron. Three men lounging around in the background look on as the "historic meeting" takes place. A fender and wheel of some sort of motorized vehicle is tantalizingly visible at the left. (Too bad the entire vehicle did not make it into the photo!)
The typed caption appearing on the back of the photograph reads as follows:
"WORLD'S SMALLEST HORSE EIGHT YEARS OLD, WEIGHS 76 POUNDS, COSTS FIFTY CENTS A WEEK TO FEED, IS INTRODUCED TO 'BIG BILL.'
"Here is the Tom Thumb of the equine world. He is only 28 inches tall and weighs but seventy-six pounds. His feed bill is only fifty cents a week, - cheaper than a fliver, even with a gasoline price war on. Tom Thumb, that's his name, is eight years old. He is shown here with his owver, D.E. Clark (left), Cleveland, Ohio, introducing to him to "Big Bill," who weighs 2265 pounds."
The Guiness Book of Records currently lists a tiny horse named Thumbelina as the Worlds Smallest Horse. She stands 17 inches tall and weighs 60 pounds. You can read more about her here: