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Circus Freakshow...in the 1800's and early 1900's many deformed and disabled children were sold to traveling circuses. Many of these people lived better lives in the circus than if they'd stay home.

The phrase "bread and circuses" has become a commonplace to describe how the Roman Empire managed to keep the populace contented during the long centuries of its decline. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

Gesprengte Ketten: Max Siegfried konnte sich offenbar auch aus völlig auswegslosen Lagen befreien und warb damit, der "beste Entfesslungskünstler der Gegenwart" zu sein. Frei kommen musste er auch - denn wie hätte er sonst die Postkarten verkaufen können, die ihm den Lebensunterhalt sichern sollten?

World's tallest man holds the world's shortest man on his palm while a woman of normal height stands next to him? I think?

Circus Sideshow Freak E. Boystons, Contorsioniste

THE CIRCUS SIDESHOWS OF THE LATE 1800s AND EARLY 1900s (looks like the one patient on American Horror Story)

Worked as a sideshow performer.... Parasitic twin. If anyone can add a name to this post please do.

Kids checking out the freak show. The fat lady always got payed $1 per pound each show they did. But they usually didn't weigh as much as they where advertised