Little Tich

The phrase “little tich” is sometimes used to describe a diminutive person.  It began as the stage name of a famous actor of the British music hall, whose real name was Harry Relph.  He was a small person played various characters, but he found his greatest success by dancing in his “big boots”, which were 28 inch long slap shoes that allowed him to do interesting tricks.

It is very fortunate there is a film of him doing some of this dance.  It was created around 1900 as a very early effort to sync sound with film.

He was popular enough that someone produced an automaton to simulate part of his act.

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