"Edward Mordrake was a 19th century English nobleman who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry. Edward begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. He committed suicide at the age of 23 by poisoning himself because he could no longer stand having to live with the face on the back o...

"Edward Mordrake was a century English nobleman who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry. Edward begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, beca

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

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.

Circus beauty - Tattooed lady with zebra.

Tattooed lady and a zebra. I did a sociology report on the history and stigma of tattooed women in America; tattooed women in American society used to only be in freak shows.yes, considered FREAKS for being tattoos!

Knife thrower’s assistant

sisterwolf: Knife thrower’s assistant Lately I’ve been working again on my story about the circus fortune teller and her ghost knife-throwing sister and this is so perfect for helping me visualize things. (Almost words into this novel, holy cow!

Lobster Boy

Lobster Boy Grady Stiles - born with ectrodactyly, where the fingers and toes are fused together to form claw-like extremities

Old tintype...

Old-School Manipulated Photographs: Unidentified Photographer, [Decapitated Man with Head on a Platter], ca.

Spider Girl

“ Ella Harper, known as the “Camel Girl” was born with an orthopedic condition that caused her knees to bend backwards. Her preference to walk on all fours resulted in her nickname “Camel Girl” ”

Randion

October 1874 – December also known as The Snake Man, The Living Torso, The Human Caterpillar and a variety of other names, was a Guyanese performer with tetra-amelia syndrome and a famous limbless sideshow performer of the early

The great Omi

Horace Ridler was a professional freak and sideshow performer, a tattooed man exhibiting himself as The Great Omi or The Zebra Man

the freak show

Reproduction prints from vintage photos of circus, freak show and sideshow oddities.

I wonder if this was real

Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman Myrtle's extra legs belonged to her dipygus twin sister. Myrtle worked for P. Barnum and Ringling Bros and often dressed her extra feet in shoes and stockings. Myrtle later married a doctor and had five children.

Koo Koo The Bird Girl

(looks like inspiration for Meep on american horror storry) Koo Koo The Bird Girl - Minnie Woolsey born with Virchow Seckel syndrome. Minnie starred in Freaks and toured in circus freak shows

penguin girl

Ruth Davis, the penguin girl had seal limbs a disease called phocomelia. It is what gave her the penguin appearance.

Monkey boy

Sideshow Freak Necklace Gentleman and Wolf Child Banner Art Weird Surreal Vintage Circus Style Freakshow Circus

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