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Vintage Circus Pictures

Vintage Circus Pictures

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Claire Heliot, Lion Tamer. "Claire Heliot and her 12 Lions" In 1907, she was very seriously injured by one of her lions, ending her career.

Dancer and a clown

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Macabre - Cabinet of Curiosities

Macabre - Cabinet of Curiosities

19 Old Timey Circus Freaks | Circus Freaks: Leggy

vintage everyday: Vintage Photos of Circus Performers from 1890s-1910s

witch-clown halloween-costume

Bobby Kork An evenly split hermaphrodite, Bobby was male on the right and female on the left. Bobby also had a 50/50 split of genetalia. Apparantly much more masculine in personality and was well known for getting in fights with people who called him a freak. He died in the mid 1900s of food poisoning.

I need to find the modern day Cameron Mitchell

The Cameron Mitchell Internet Carnival of Fun

The circus comes to town - literally! #creditmissing

Ivan Poddubny strong man

A Great Russian Champion Ivan Poddubny | English Russia

Original c.1895-1900 cabinet card photo of Chiquita, a famous sideshow attraction billed as "The Living Doll", and the "The Cuban Atom". She was only 26 inches tall.

Sideshow World, Sideshow Performers from around the world, Freak, Central,.

Al Tomaini was born in 1912,one of 7 kids, to Santos and Maria Tomaini. Early in his career he was billed as "The World's Tallest Boy" and later became known as "The American Giant" . At age 24 he married a fellow performer the half-girl Jeannie Weeks and they were soon advertised as the "World's Strangest Married Couple". The newleyweds worked the Ringling Bros. Side Show in 1937 and some years later adopted two little girls, Judy and Patty.

Circus Performers, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1923

Sideshow curiosity "Tue French Hunchback" CDV c. 1880s

"Pinheads" Carte de visite, ca. 1865. Pinheads were microcephalic people who were often placed in freak shows and dressed as adult babies. Was this better than an asylum at the time?

Conjoined Twnis

Retronaut - c. 1901: Trick Photograph of a Man with Two Heads

A gathering of Barnum's most successful exhibitions: Laloo, left, with Young Herman, anatomical wonder, John Coffey, living skeleton, James Morris, rubber-skinned man, and Jo-Jo, dog-faced boy.

PT Barnum's albino family, the Lucasies.

Josephine Clofullia (1827–75) was born hairy and had a 2-inch beard at the age of 8. At 14 she began to tour Europe. In Paris she met painter Fortune Clofullia and married him. She gained fame when she fashioned her beard in the imitation of that of Napoleon III. In return, the ruler gave her a large diamond. Josephine gave birth to two children; the first, a daughter who was born in 1851, died in infancy. Her son Albert, who was born the next year, was as hirsute as his mother had been.

queerest of them all

Priscilla – The Monkey Girl, 1911. She was born with hypertrichosis, and she had two rows of teeth. Unfortunately during her life she was dubbed "THE HAIRY GIRL".

bearded lady and child.

“Dwarf Fat Lady” Sophia Schultz


Madame Devere possessed the longest facial hair ever recorded on a bearded lady — 14 inches. She comes on to the radar in 1884 when she performed at Huber’s Museum in New York and with Sells Bros. Circus. In 1906 she toured with the Campbell Bros., and in 1908 with Yankee Robinson. According to the Oolwein (Iowa) Register she was passing through that town in 1912 with the Patterson Shows, when she fell ill and died.