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Annie Jones (c. 1860 – 1902) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. It is unconfirmed if this was a case of hirsutism or an unrelated genetic condition that affects children of both sexes and continues into adult years.

(not me, quoting only) "my grandmother and grandfather riding their new tandem on the streets of stockholm"

The Ringling Brothers Miss Otisa! #SarahEdmonds #Banquet

Circassian Beauty In the 1860s, P.T. Barnum exhibited women whom he claimed were Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive Afro hair style and were known as “moss haired girls.” Circassian beauties were typically presented as victims of sexual enslavement among the Turks, who had escaped from the harem to achieve freedom in America. (via WonderfullyStrange

Edwardian era circus performer Pansy Chinery (c. 1916) dangling in the air by her teeth. #circus #vintage #1910s #Edwardian #woman #performer

March for peace (Washington, D.C.): I won't fight in Vietnam (1965)

1870 Full view of armless man painting his portrait with his feet.

1890s The oldest contortionist on earth packs himself into a box, 23" long, 19" deep, & 16" wide, and allows any gentleman in the audience to pack 6 dozen soda bottles into the box after him