Welcome to Deke's Wonderful World of Weirdness!

Ever wonder what Deke collects? What sparks his interest? For a fascinating and frightening glimpse of what makes Deke tick, we offer up here some of his "private stash" for you to enjoy. Enter at your own risk!

Deke has spent nearly twenty years on the road, and along the way he's stopped at practically every junk store, garage sale, thrift shop, antique mall, and overflowing trash bin in the United States. Scrounging for records in Council Bluffs, Iowa, buying guitars off flatbed trucks in Jackson, Mississippi, or stumbling across cans of Treniers-brand "Poontang" at an abandoned whorehouse in Butte, Montana... Deke has found some pretty crazy stuff along the way.


Gospel Midgets and Other Little People of Music

The original Gospel Midgets, the inspiration for the name of this wing of the museum. For some reason they disappeared from the face of the earth, but they are from South Carolina, which makes sense... You can get lost down there real quick.




Little George Townsend and Family (photo courtesy Joel Paterson of the Modern Sounds)




Tiny Mike




Little Robert




Midget City Opera House, Dreamland, Coney Island, 1920s. Believe it or not I played at the Coney Island freak show a few times in the late '80s and early '90s. It might have been the same building! (photo courtesy Michael Simmons)




Lowell Mason, the singing midget. Lowell is still alive and singing in Carthage, Missouri!














Not really a midget, but a funny picture nonetheless.




Seems only fair here to include a photo of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, slapping a little bass.




A few found album covers