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.

"Pinheads", c1865. Pinheads were microcephalic people who were often placed in freak shows and dressed as adult babies.

Thank God we now know what this syndrome is and those suffering from it don't have to live their lives in a circus. Proteus syndrome--a rare genetic mutation.

Death in faces

disturbing...

Victorian post-mortem photography

Sanju Bhagat, whose stomach was so swollen he looked pregnant, said he'd felt self-conscious his whole life about his big belly. Doctors, believing he had a tumor, operated in June 1999. But as they cut deeper into Bhagat's stomach, gallons of fluid spilled out and then something extraordinary happened. First, one limb came out, then another limb came out... Bhagat had been carrying the mutilated body of his twin brother in his stomach all his life....

Always make sure of feminine daintiness...douche regularly with "Lysol"! WHAT IN THE BLOODY HELL?

ca. 1870-1910, [portrait of a young girl with rickets]

'Vampire Cemetery' Found in Poland -- 17 skeletons buried with their severed skulls placed between the knees or hands have been uncovered in Poland. The burial practice is how vampires used to be interred according to archaeologists. The bodies date from the 15th or 16th centuries when the fear of vampires was widespread in Eastern Europe.

A common stand used in post mortem photography. Used in the 1800s to prop up deceased relatives for an image that provided a precious keepsake of a loved one.

She's one of the world's best-preserved bodies: Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old Sicilian girl who died of pneumonia in 1920. "Sleeping Beauty," as she's known, appears to be merely dozing beneath the glass front of her coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy.

Women training to be doctors in Philadelphia, 1885

The legless girl attraction was one of the best known of all freaks. this particular girl's name and life are unknown. like several other performers, she often performed completely naked. This image courtesy of the Mutter Museum.

What the heck is going on in these photos?

Willie and George Muse were black albino brothers born in Roanoke, VA in 1893. In 1899 they were kidnapped by sideshow agents and told there mother had died and they would never see her again. They were showcased as White Ecuadorian cannibals, Eko and Iko. In the mid 1920s the brothers toured with Ringling Brothers circus and while visiting their home town, their mother found them and fought to free her sons 20 years after their disappearance.

Robert Wadlow of Alton, Illinois, widely believed to be the tallest man who ever lived, at 8 feet 11 inches. He weighed almost 500 pounds and had size 37AA shoes.

Nephilim Chronicles: Giant Human Skeletons: Giant Human Nephilim Mummified Remains Uncovered in California

What happens when a very young child's complete skeleton is found intact with an already-formed and perfect elongated skull? What can the explanation be for this strange anatomical feature? The cranial binding theory can be dismissed since the child didn't live long enough for the process to have an effect. So how did this child develop an elongated skull so early in life? This is one example that modern science chooses to avoid like the plague - because it has no answer.

A very rare picture of a beautiful young girl on the chair, who is being looked after by a nursemaid who only appears to be about 10years old herself. This picture compells you to wonder about both their lives. How they lived, and what they did together.