|Dwarfs in the human zoo in Paris in 1906.|
The Jardin d'Acclimatation in Paris, now a children's amusement park with a zoo, was founded in 1860 by Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie as a zoo. In 1877 the zoo was converted into "l'Acclimatation Anthropologique", which until 1912 specialized in showing the customs and lifestyles of foreign, mainly African peoples. Nubians, Bushmen, Zulus and many other Africans were "exhibited" in the human zoo. These exhibitions were a great success, doubling the number of visitors.
Another popular exhibition was the "City of dwarfs" in 1906. The Swedish weekly Hvar 8 Dag included a brief account of the exhibition "concept":
"A rather peculiar exhibition will soon be opened in the Jardin d'Acclimatation. A colony of 300 living dwarfs has been assembled, for which a small city, with its own theater and church, etc., has been built."
|A dwarf greets a visitor in front of his "dwarf city" house . The door height was 1 meter.|
|A carriage with dwarfs coming from the dwarf city station.|
Fortunately, times have changed. This kind of human zoo is unthinkable now. However, to my surprise, a Wikipedia article tells us that the concept of the human zoo has not completely disappeared: