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Mlle. Polaire Algerian-born French singer and actress, known for her remarkable measurements. Her smallest recorded measurements were 37-14-35.  Her waist absolutely terrifies me.

Polaire, Algerian-born French singer and actress, celebrated for her astonishing 14 inch waist . Considerable excitement attached to minute waists and prostitutes kept their corsets on if a client requested this.

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26 Kooky & Weird Vintage Photos You'll Struggle To Explain

And you know, the fact is, nobody knew that they were prosthetic legs. They were the star of the show - these wooden boots peeking out from under this raffia dress - but in fact, they were actually legs made for me. -- Aimee Mullins, on her look in the Alexander McQueen S/S 1999 show.

"And you know, the fact is, nobody knew that they were prosthetic legs.They were the star of the show - these wooden boots peeking out from uner this raffia dress. They were legs made for me"- Aimee Mullins. Spring / Summer 1999 show

Step into my Attic would you sit on an alligator for a photo. Not me. Not even stuffed. She was intrepid for the age

Man and woman with stuffed reptiles

THE CIRCUS SIDESHOWS OF THE LATE 1800s AND EARLY 1900s

The Horror Zine Circus Freaks

Behold! The Heartbreaking, Hair-Raising Tale Of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico's Monkey Woma | Pinned by http://www.thismademelaugh.com

Behold! The Heartbreaking, Hair-Raising Tale Of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico's Monkey Woman

The Heartbreaking, Hair-Raising Tale Of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico's Monkey Woman

"May-Joe" was born on a farm in Ashland County, Ohio, on October 16, 1905, the child - or children - of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ethinger. The child had three buttocks, three legs, all poorly developed, two stomachs, and two sets of kidneys. Most remarkable was the fact that he was a hermaphrodite  Exhibited with Buffalo Bill's Great Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Great Far East shows in 1909.

"May-Joe" was born on a farm in Ashland County, Ohio, on October 16, 1905, the child - or children - of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ethinger. The child had three buttocks, three legs, all poorly developed, two stomachs, and two sets of kidneys. Most remarkable was the fact that he was a hermaphrodite Exhibited with Buffalo Bill's Great Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Great Far East shows in 1909.

50 Surprising Photos From The Past That Show How Different Life Used To Be

50 Surprising Photos From The Past. I've seen many pages do this but it always seems to be iconic photos everyone has seen. This one had some different and pretty funny ones.

Miss Mayme Ward

Antique circus performer card - Miss Mayme Ward

Polaire was the stage name used by French singer and actress Émilie Marie Bouchaud (May 14, 1874 – October 14, 1939).  She was a tightlacer whose corsetted waist was usually no greater than 14 inches.

Polaire was the stage name used by French singer and actress Émilie Marie Bouchaud (May 1874 – October She was a tightlacer whose corsetted waist was usually no greater than 14 inches.

Incredible Photos of the Real People Who Inspired American Horror Story: Freak Show | moviepilot.com

Lucia Zarate was genuinely one of the smallest human beings ever recorded…During her period in London she appeared before Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace on February ca. [carte de visite portrait of Lucia Zarate], the London Stereoscopic Co.

Tordu !

Can you move like this? Night Circus - Contortionist Letter "B"?

She actually made a good living this way, at one point taking home 200 dollars a week, or the equivalent of 5,000 dollars a week in today's money, and was able to retire from the sideshow business in 1886, which we're thinking is a happier ending than what other sideshow attractions got back in those days.

Ella Harper’s tragic condition led her to be known as Camel Girl.

Lucia Varate, born in Mexico, 1864. “Smallest Woman in History”. I'd like to know more about her.

Lucia Zarate (January 1864 - January born in Mexico was considered the smallest woman in history. She died of hypothermia when her circus train became stranded in the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Wow... Look how tiny her waist is. Did she have her ribs removed or what?

A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early Those poor women!They also had their lower ribs removed to achieve the tiny waist

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