Hard to find original carte de visite of John and Hannah Battersby, a married "Living Skeleton" and "Fat Lady" who performed for P.T. Barnum in the 1850s and 1860s. Photographer's backmark of Bell, 1200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
At the beach, 1925
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…
France January 5th: On a balcony in Paris the refresh break with family 1937. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images. °
sideshow folk ~jack sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean...
Original c.1910 Postcard Photo of May-Joe / Three-Legged Hermaphrodite / Sideshow Curiosity
Original c.1910 photo postcard of "May-Joe". 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 (or, more properly, a pseudohermaphrodite). Despite this ambiguity, the parents assigned their baby a masculine name, George Francis.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Tomaini. In 1949, Tomaini, an 8 ½' tall giant with a 22-inch shoe size retired from the road and settled in Gibsonton, FL. Al and his two-foot tall wife, Jeanie, billed as “The Half-Girl,” adopted two daughters & started a restaurant and trailer park they called “The Giant’s Camp.”