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Strange oddities


Strange oddities

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Ponny Boy, Sideshow performer

Prince Randian or Prince Randion (ca. 1871 – December 19, 1934), also known as The Snake Man, The Living Torso, The Human Caterpillar and a variety of other names was a famous limbless sideshow performer of the early 1900s, best known for his ability to roll cigarettes with his lips.

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1880's -Hiram and Barney were two mentally disabled brothers from a Connecticut farm, born in 1825 and 1827 respectively. They were each 40 inches tall and weighed about 45 pounds, yet could perform feats of great strength such as lifting heavy weights and wrestling with audience members on stage. Discovered and subsequently promoted by a traveling showman in 1850, Hiram and Barney were given new names, Waino and Plutano, and a sensational back story - they were said to be from the island of ...

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Albino Boy.

knife thrower, The Netherlands, 1906

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Harry Earles (1902-1985) and his sisters, Gracie, Daisy and Tiny were part of the “The Doll Family,” a multitalented family of dwarf entertainers. Harry was also one of the Lollipop Guild in The Wizard of Oz.

The Wonderful Albino Family

Circus performer

Bearded Lady - Baroness Sidonia de Barcsy 1900 missioncreep.com/...

With his studio located in the Bowery, New York City, photographer Charles Eisenmann began photographing portraits of show people from dime museums in the 1870s.

“Dwarf Fat Lady” Sophia Schultz was a frequenter to Eisenmann’s studio. Sometime during the 1880s, she began to grow facial hair, which was reinforced with a little pencil work.

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Robert Wadlow. Gentle giant. My mom visited his house and sat in his chair.

When she was born, Dora Gutterman, a Jewish girl from Flatbush Avenue, New York, was covered in fine hair, which became thicker and coarser over a matter of weeks. Her parents were quite poor and had seven other children, so they consented to place little Dora on exhibition. As a sideshow star Dora earned enough money to support her family comfortably.By 1930, Dora had tired of being a freak and actively sought to have her beard and other body hair permanently removed. "If I had a clear skin,...

“Dwarf Fat Lady” Sophia Schultz was a frequenter to Eisenmann’s studio. Sometime during the 1880s, she began to grow facial hair, which was reinforced with a little pencil work.

The Bearded Lady

“Dwarf Fat Lady” Sophia Schultz was a frequenter to Eisenmann’s studio. Sometime during the 1880s, she began to grow facial hair, which was reinforced with a little pencil work.

1941 A young girl born with no arms plays a guitar with her ​​feet.

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

Albino Mind Reader - Miss Millie La Mar

A popular dime museum attraction from 1891 to 1895 was Bella (or Belle) Carter from Blue Bank, Kentucky, called "The Mare Woman". Born normal, Bella was five years old when a mole in the center of her back began to sprout hair. Carefully cultivated, this hair grew to more than a foot in length and was as silky and shiny as the hair on Bella's head.