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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.

Clifford began swallowing swords in 1899 at the age of 13 after learning from sword swallower Delno Fritz. Clifford performed under the name "Mlle. Edith Clifford, Champion Sword Swallower of the World" and was said to have swallowed 18 to 20 inch blades without a problem. Joined Barnum & Bailey Circus in Vienna Austria in 1901, where Clifford became famous for swallowing razor blades, scissors, saw blades and bayonets. They worked with the Barnum Show for five years from 1901 through 1906.

1870 Full view of armless man painting his portrait with his feet.

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

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.

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

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