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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.

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.

oh my...that poor little guy's hat. :) My dad used to say he played with a hoop and a stick to roll it with in the late 1920's, this must be what the little boy is holding.

I adore this photo and the story behind it. Have a look at the original caption on Flickr for details! #1940s #circus

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