The Original Siamese Twins, Chang & Eng. 1860 poster for appearance at Barnum's American Museum. Siam Twin, Barnum American, Siamese Twin, Barnum Museums, 1860 Posters, Circus Posters, American Museums, Originals Siamese, The Originals
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Mutter Museum: Plaster cast of Chang & Eng, the original "Siamese twins." Fun Fact: they married sisters and lived on two adjacent farms in the south once they left the circus. Between the two of them, they had 21 kids. I can't even imagine how the logistics of that sex worked!
"n an almost-burlesque-related note, Barnum actually started in the side show business, with Barnum's American Museum rather than the three-ring circus we associate with him today. He first gained success in the 1840s with 'curiosities' such as General Tom Thumb (a midget), the Fiji Mermaid, and conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker." from circusinthemaking...
Original c.1890 cabinet card photo of The Tocci Brothers, Italian born conjoined twins. Here they are shown in a photo studio with their brother.