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Annie Jones raising a glass. Annie Jones (1860 – 1902) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P.T. Barnum as a circus attraction. Photo c.1888. It is unconfirmed if this was a case of hirsutism or a genetic condition. In 1902, Jones herself died of tuberculosis.

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.

Little Pete Terhurne, the fire-eating dwarf waiting for his cue at the Pennsylvania State Fair, May 2005

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