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at the museum of Elysée they suggested that this image was the inspiration for all twin images to come... Especially Arbus twins...     from the Freaks backstage pictures    Pip & Flip Pinhead Coney Island Sideshow Freak

Pip Flip Pinhead Coney Island Sideshow Freak Modern Postcard

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1838, Tom Thumb was born Charles Stratton. He was 5 yrs old, 25 in. tall and 16 lbs. when discovered by P. T. Barnum in 1842. In 1863 Tom Thumb married Lavinia  Bump. The baby seen in photographs was not the child of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb, they were unable to have children. The child was an orphan acquired by Barnum, and billed as Tom and Lavinia's child. As the child quickly outgrew the parents, Barnum would rent a local child to pose as the baby of the couple in each town they performed…

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Steven Bolin's online collection of vintage sideshow photographs.

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"The (Original) Wild man of Borneo" Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis was featured in a lot of sideshows for various circuses and carnivals. He was once the original P T Barnum's "Wild Man of Borneo" but after a falling out he left. Unfortunately he is not mentioned in the museum today because his replacement stayed with the circus and was given the title. (late 1800s-early 1900s)

"The (Original) Wild man of Borneo" Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis was featured in a lot of sideshows for various circuses and carnivals. He was once the original P T Barnum's "Wild Man of Borneo" but after a falling out he left. Unfortunately he is not mentioned in the museum today because his replacement stayed with the circus and was given the title. (late 1800s-early 1900s)

Young Francesco Lentini ~ "When his parents refused to acknowledge him, his aunt raised him...eventually handed him...to a home for disabled children...Lentini had hated his extra body parts until he spent time at the home...he met children who were deaf, blind, and mute...learned to walk, ice skate...jump rope. At the age of 8, Lentini moved to the U.S. and entered the sideshow business...he toured with Barnum and Bailey and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show...gained US citizenship at...30"…

Circus Freaks and Human Oddities- The Human Marvels

Some call them circus freaks, human oddities and monsters - but they are truly human marvels.

Arrival of "King Chong" and "Chang", attractions for side-show alley at the Easter Show (Sydney, 1937) (photo: Sam Hood)

Arrival of "King Chong" and "Chang", attractions for side-show alley at the Easter Show (Sydney, 1937) (photo: Sam Hood)

Vasta Images/Books: FREAKS Sideshow Attractions Postcards 1900-1920

FREAKS Sideshow Attractions Postcards 1900-1920

Adrouide The Woman from Mars Within the French postcard trade the mistakes of nature are categorized as "phenomene". Prior to the necessity of political correctness we called them freaks. Here is a selection of a handful of unusual people: circus sideshow and menagerie attractions from the turn-of-the-century to circa 1920. I will revisit this topic/post as I unearth additional material from my digital archives. Above is Lionel the Lion Man, whose image, starting at about 6 years old, was…

Samuel David "Sam" Parks was born on October 20, 1874 in Boston, although he would later change his birthplace to the much more exotic Rio de Janeiro. Parks made his sideshow debut at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and made a healthy living exhibiting himself to medical students before joining up with the Barnum and Bailey circus around the turn of the century.

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Samuel David "Sam" Parks was born on October 20, 1874 in Boston, although he would later change his birthplace to the much more exotic Rio de Janeiro. Parks made his sideshow debut at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and made a healthy living exhibiting himself to medical students before joining up with the Barnum and Bailey circus around the turn of the century.

Henry Bulson worked the World Circus Sideshow at Coney Island as the "Spider Boy"

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Madame Devere Guinness World Record holder for longest beard ever on a woman 14 inches. Madame Deveres real name was Jane and she was born in Brooksville Kentucky. She was married to sideshow manager J W Devere

Madame Devere Guinness World Record holder for longest beard ever on a woman 14 inches. Madame Deveres real name was Jane and she was born in Brooksville Kentucky. She was married to sideshow manager J W Devere

Mignon was born in the early 1900′s, likely around 1910, with a condition called phocomelia. Phocomelia typically results in the stunting of limbs and the fusion of digits. In Mignon’s case her fingers were fused in such a way as to resemble flippers. Furthermore, as her truncated limbs forced Mignon to waddle rather than walk – her stage name of ‘The Penguin Lady’ was both apt and easily assigned.

Circus Freaks and Human Oddities- The Human Marvels

Some call them circus freaks, human oddities and monsters - but they are truly human marvels.

Vivian Wheeler, pictured in 1992, has spent most of her life working in circuses and sideshows as a bearded lady

Vivian Wheeler, pictured in 1992, has spent most of her life working in circuses and sideshows as a bearded lady

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Everyone loves exploiting those who are different, but no one did it quite as well as our friends from yesteryear. Enough chit chat, on with the freak show.

Billed as the “Thinnest Man in the World,” Harry V. Lewis stood 5 feet, 7 1/2 inches and weighed 80 pounds. He didn’t always hold such a title. Born in 1895 in Leon, Iowa, Lewis was a normal boy until the age of 12. That was when he began to notice weakness in his shoulders and hips. Doctors diagnosed him with a juvenile form of muscular dystrophy.  Photo courtesy of the collection of Milo Anthony and Cristina Boothe

Billed as the “Thinnest Man in the World,” Harry V. Lewis stood 5 feet, 7 1/2 inches and weighed 80 pounds. He didn’t always hold such a title. Born in 1895 in Leon, Iowa, Lewis was a normal boy until the age of 12. That was when he began to notice weakness in his shoulders and hips. Doctors diagnosed him with a juvenile form of muscular dystrophy. Photo courtesy of the collection of Milo Anthony and Cristina Boothe

Isaac W. Sprague, “The Living Skeleton”, (1841-1887)    Sprague was born in East Bridgewater MA. His life started normal, he was an active child. At the age of 12 he began rapidly losing weight despite having a healthy appetite. He apparently suffered from an extreme case of muscular atrophy

Historical Indulgences

"Until the handkerchief of history covers us with its Times New Roman black and white post...