Daisy and Violet Hilton~ The Hilton sisters conjoined twins. Sideshow, a musical based on their lives growing up in the 1930's traveling throughout Freak Shows

Daisy and Violet Hilton~ The Hilton sisters conjoined twins. Sideshow, a musical based on their lives growing up in the 1930's traveling throughout Freak Shows

Baroness Sidonia de Barcsy (pronounced "Barchy"), born in present-day Budapest on May 1, 1866, was a double rarity in the show world: a genetically-female bearded lady, and a true member of a royal family. Her husband was Baron Antonio de Barcsy. The lovely young Baroness was beardless until the age of 19, when she gave birth to her son, Nicu, who weighed just two and a half pounds at birth and would stand only three feet tall as an adult. Twelve days after Nicu's birth, Sidonia began…

Baroness Sidonia de Barcsy (pronounced "Barchy"), born in present-day Budapest on May 1, 1866, was a double rarity in the show world: a genetically-female bearded lady, and a true member of a royal family. Her husband was Baron Antonio de Barcsy. The lovely young Baroness was beardless until the age of 19, when she gave birth to her son, Nicu, who weighed just two and a half pounds at birth and would stand only three feet tall as an adult. Twelve days after Nicu's birth, Sidonia began…

Bone-excision procedure performed on Pvt. Porubsky from the Reed Bontecou Civil War surgical album (ca. 1865)

Bone-excision procedure performed on Pvt. Porubsky from the Reed Bontecou Civil War surgical album (ca. 1865)

Vintage photo of a snake charmer

Vintage photo of a snake charmer

Millie Betra, The Serpent Queen, Ringling Brothers Circus Since Shanelle made the connection of her character and snakes having a special bond, she could play as one of these performers if we needed it for an act.

{via rosenda reyes}    Frank ‘n Louie almost didn’t make it. When he was just one day old a breeder dropped him off to be euthanized. Marty, a veterinary nurse, adopted him right away, “Nobody had claimed him and I said ‘I’ll take him I’ll take him’ and everybody just told me don’t get your hopes up, they don’t live and I said, ‘let me just try.” And so this two faced feline grew up to be a loving, healthy cat. With a few unique quirks that make Frank, Frank and Louie, Louie.

{via rosenda reyes} Frank ‘n Louie almost didn’t make it. When he was just one day old a breeder dropped him off to be euthanized. Marty, a veterinary nurse, adopted him right away, “Nobody had claimed him and I said ‘I’ll take him I’ll take him’ and everybody just told me don’t get your hopes up, they don’t live and I said, ‘let me just try.” And so this two faced feline grew up to be a loving, healthy cat. With a few unique quirks that make Frank, Frank and Louie, Louie.

Barney (born 1827) and his older brother Hiram were two mentally impaired dwarves who were born and raised on an Ohio farm.  Despite their tiny size:said to stand 4o inches and weigh 45 lbs. Farm labor had made them strong, endowing them with the ability to lift heavy weights (up to 300 lbs) They were given the stage names Waino and Plutanor, two gentlemen from the exotic land of Borneo. Years later, they were hired for P.T. Barnum’s travelling shows. Hiram passed way in 1905; Barney in…

Barney (born 1827) and his older brother Hiram were two mentally impaired dwarves who were born and raised on an Ohio farm. Despite their tiny size:said to stand 4o inches and weigh 45 lbs. Farm labor had made them strong, endowing them with the ability to lift heavy weights (up to 300 lbs) They were given the stage names Waino and Plutanor, two gentlemen from the exotic land of Borneo. Years later, they were hired for P.T. Barnum’s travelling shows. Hiram passed way in 1905; Barney in…

Myrtle Corbin was known far and wide in the late nineteenth century as the Four-Legged Woman. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress – only one pair belonged to her, the other set to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lincoln County, TN in 1868, …

Myrtle Corbin was known far and wide in the late nineteenth century as the Four-Legged Woman. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress – only one pair belonged to her, the other set to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lincoln County, TN in 1868, …

Myrtle Corbin, known as the Four-Legged Girl from Texas, was a dipygus. She was born with a severe congenital deformity of conjoined twining that caused her to have two separate pelvises and a smaller set of inner legs that she was able to move.  When she was just a month old, her father began showing her to curious neighbors for a dime. Eventually she attracted the attention of P.T. Barnum, and began performing when she was 13. She later performed with the Ringling Bros. and Coney Island.

Freak Show: Most Famous Circus Sideshow Performers

Myrtle Corbin, known as the Four-Legged Girl from Texas, was a dipygus. She was born with a severe congenital deformity of conjoined twining that caused her to have two separate pelvises and a smaller set of inner legs that she was able to move. When she was just a month old, her father began showing her to curious neighbors for a dime. Eventually she attracted the attention of P.T. Barnum, and began performing when she was 13. She later performed with the Ringling Bros. and Coney Island.

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