Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros

Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros
Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros
Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros
Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros

Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros
Here is an extremely rare early vintage original autographed page by Jim Tarver, the Texas Giant. The only one I have ever come across. Jim Tarver born James Grover Tarver in Franklin, Texas in 1885. Circus giant entered show business in 1914 and was billed variously as The Texas Giant or The World’s Largest Man, at eight and one half feet tall Texas Jim often dressed as a cowboy traveled with various circuses, including The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 26 years and spent his time off on his Arkansas Farm. Starred in one film role as’you guess it’ the Giant in Chester M. Franklin’s’Jack and the Beanstalk’ starring Francis Carpenter and Virginia Lee Corbin for the Fox Film Company in 1917. He suffered from diabetes. Died on his farm in 1958 age 72. Smudging to pencil signature and inscription. They say everything is bigger in Texas so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in 1880 there were 4 brothers from White Rock, Texas, each 7′ 11″ that toured with the Barnum & Bailey circus as the “Texas Giants. ” In the early 1900’s, the Texas Giants left the circus and were replaced by a man from Terrell, Texas, “Tex Baker, who grew 11 inches in just 7 months. He stopped growing, but when he did, he was 8′ 2 tall. In 1909, another Texan, Jim Tarver who was born on a ranch in Franklin, joined the circus. Billed as “The Texas Giant, ” he stood 8′ 6 and weighed 460 pounds. He was declared to be the tallest man in the world. When asked how he came to be in the circus, he said he was working as a cowboy on a Texas ranch until he got bigger than his horse. About that time, the circus came to town and he went to see it with a couple of his friends. When he proved to be taller than the “World’s Tallest Man” at the sideshow, the circus hired him. For almost 24 years, the Texas Giant made a very nice living as he traveled with the circus. He bought a car which had to be customized for him by removing the front seat so he could drive from the rear one. Always gentle and amiable, he often astonished onlookers by standing by the driver’s door of his car and opening the door for his passenger by reaching over the top of the car. Jim always said he was grateful to the circus for giving him a job, but what he really wanted was to be a farmer. He spent some of that time making furniture which would fit his large size and enlarging doorways in his house. In 1933 while performing in El Paso, Texas, a man named Jack Earle came to see the show. When several people said it seemed to them that Jack was taller than “The Texas Giant, ” the sideshow people measured him. He was indeed taller, by one inch and was hired on the spot. No longer owning the title of “Tallest Man in the World, ” Jim lost his circus job. Just a couple of years after the circus though, failing to generate a steady income, Jim retired to the life he had always wanted as a full-time farmer at his place in Arkansas. Fter he retired, he shunned publicity and made the farm into a profitable success. His neighbors in tiny Turrell all liked and greatly respected him, the area’s children all flocked to him and evidently unmarried women were attracted to him as well. He was married 3 times – his first wife divorced him because she found it too difficult to live with his over-sized furniture and his second wife died. Jim passed away at age 72 in 1958 from complications of diabetes. His funeral was attended by hundreds of friends. The Texas Giant was laid to rest in a custom-made casket in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery, 1 mile west of Marion, Arkansas. His grave is in section 5, lot 6… This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Movies\Cards & Papers”. The seller is “pengang” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Original/Reproduction: Original
  • Object Type: Cards & Paper
  • Industry: Movies

Jim Tarver Extremely Rare Very Early Autographed Page Texas Giant Ringling Bros