"Pinheads" Carte de visite, ca. 1865. Pinheads were microcephalic people who were often placed in freak shows and dressed as adult babies. Was this better than an asylum at the time?

"Pinheads" Carte de visite, ca. Pinheads were microcephalic people who were often placed in freak shows and dressed as adult babies. Was this better than an asylum at the time? (There are two currently starring in "American Horror Story: Freak Show"

vintage circus.

Vintage style circus ephemera or photobooth ideas. Harlequiin or clown vintage style photo. Dog in ruffled collar and child in pointy cone hat. dog and boy vintage clowns

Lentini was born in 1889 in Rosolini in Sicily,one of twelve children. His twin brother, who consisted of a leg and a set of genitals, was born attached to his spine. While he was billed as ‘The Man With Three Legs’, Lentini actually had four feet as a small malformed secondary foot protruded from his third leg. In total he had three legs, four feet, sixteen toes and two sets of functioning male genitals. He married, and had 4 children. He toured with the circus until his death in 1966, age…

Lentini was born in 1889 in Rosolini in Sicily. His twin brother, who consisted of a leg and a set of genitals, was born attached to his spine. While billed as ‘The Man With Three Legs’. He married, and had 4 children.

Alice Elizabeth Doherty (1887-1933), here approximately 18 years old.  Little is known about her even though she was in the circus sideshow.  There are a lot of pictures of her however, both alone and with her family.

weirdvintage: “Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair. She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”. At birth, she was covered all over in.

Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair. She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”. At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair. She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915.

weirdvintage: “Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair. She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”. At birth, she was covered all over in.

Mr. & Mrs. Battersby - weighing 69 & 700 lbs (34.5 & 350kg) - Fat Lady and Skeleton Man from the 1860s

"Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean. Battersby - weighing 69 & 700 lbs & - Fat Lady and Skeleton Man from the

The Ringling Brothers Circus presents, Miss Otisa!

1912 Photo of Miss Otisa Holding HUGE Snake // Worked with Ringling Brothers Circus

Circus boxing act

ms-peculiar: “ Two victorian sideshow performers boxing - the fat man and the thin man.

contortionist at piano

The Jazz Age contortion emily knew if she could just learn to play the macarena like this gordon would be sure to fall for her charms , cool circus photo

Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down. She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking. At the age of 19, she married…

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.

Madame Delait, bearded lady.

The Bearded Lady. Another original character used in the American Horror Story " Freak Show" series.

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