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A beautiful portrait of the sideshow entertainer, Miss Millie La Mar, the Albino Mind Reader

Original cabinet card of Victorian sideshow and circus personality General Tom Thumb, posing with his wife. Photographer was the famous Bogardus studio in New York city. There is some old writing on the back, dated 1881.

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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.

1890 original cabinet card of Chauncey Morlan, a Victorian sideshow attraction, pictured here at 18 years old, weighing over 500 pounds.

1890s CIRCUS Gabrielle LIVING HALF LADY FREAK CIRCUS Freakshow Sideshow PERFORMER WOMAN