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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.

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Rare CDV of Annie Jones,Barnum's famous bearded lady c. 1880.

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.

Annie Catherine Couts "I thank you for buying my picture. My name is Annie Catherine Couts and my home is Nashville, Tennessee. I was born in Springfield, Tennessee October 10, 1931. I have one sister. I am 16" tall sitting erect. I have completed nine grades in school. I have been afflicted all my life and have traveled in 35 states. I have been playing the organ for 20 years. Thanks again for buying my picture."

Tandem bike. This reminds me of the old song.. 'Sadie, Sadie give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you. It won't be a fancy marriage. I can't afford a carriage. But you'd look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.'

Contortionist, posed in studio Accession Number: 2003:1171:0010 Maker: Thiele's Photographic Rooms Title: Contortionist, posed in studio Date: ca. 1880

1870 Full view of armless man painting his portrait with his 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