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Born in Basle, Switzerland, in 1884, Gabrielle Fuller was a corset-trained Half Woman, who first joined the circus at the Paris Exposition in 1900. She possessed no legs and according to a 1929 London Life article, she possessed no stumps whatsoever. Her torso finished just below the hip gracefully. Her figure was impressive and she accentuated her physical qualities and natural beauty with opulent Victorian garb and striking jewelry. She attracted men in droves and married at least three…

Born in Basle, Switzerland, in 1884, Gabrielle Fuller was a corset-trained Half Woman, who first joined the circus at the Paris Exposition in 1900. She possessed no legs and according to a 1929 London Life article, she possessed no stumps whatsoever. Her torso finished just below the hip gracefully. Her figure was impressive and she accentuated her physical qualities and natural beauty with opulent Victorian garb and striking jewelry. She attracted men in droves and married at least three…

Frank Lentini was born with three legs, two sets of genitals and one rudimentary foot growing from the knee of his third leg. So, in total, he had three legs, four feet, sixteen toes, and two sets of functioning male genitals, which were all that existed of a conjoined twin and jutted from the right side of his body. Lentini moved to the U.S. at the age of eight and entered the sideshow business as The Great Lentini, joining the Ringling Brothers circus act.

Frank Lentini was born with three legs, two sets of genitals and one rudimentary foot growing from the knee of his third leg. So, in total, he had three legs, four feet, sixteen toes, and two sets of functioning male genitals, which were all that existed of a conjoined twin and jutted from the right side of his body. Lentini moved to the U.S. at the age of eight and entered the sideshow business as The Great Lentini, joining the Ringling Brothers circus act.

Israel Bressner, AKA "Slim the Shadow," of Baltimore, Maryland, was 7 feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. He was the skinniest man ever. He weighed the same weight for 16 years. He worked for Ringling Brothers.

Israel Bressner, AKA "Slim the Shadow," of Baltimore, Maryland, was 7 feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. He was the skinniest man ever. He weighed the same weight for 16 years. He worked for Ringling Brothers.

In the late 19th century, “tightlacing” among women was in vogue. Émilie Marie Bouchaud had 16" waist.

The 16-Inch Waist Of Émilie Marie Bouchaud

In the late 19th century, “tightlacing” among women was in vogue. Émilie Marie Bouchaud had 16" waist.

Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton.  He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight.  By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs.  He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome.  He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint.  He married twice and had 3 average sized sons.  He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.

Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton. He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight. By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs. He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He married twice and had 3 average sized sons. He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.

Strange Birth Defects -- Click to read the story of the human frog baby born in 1947. Made me sad that they exploited the poor little thing before it died. It needed to be cuddled and loved after it was born..not held up for the camera.

Strange Birth Defects -- Click to read the story of the human frog baby born in 1947. Made me sad that they exploited the poor little thing before it died. It needed to be cuddled and loved after it was born..not held up for the camera.

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore. via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore. via Cowan’s Auctions

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