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VICTORIAN FREAK SHOW

As part of its "Bodies of Knowledge" series, the British Library offers a fascinating online gallery of posters and handbills used to publi.

Miss Agnes Schmidt, AKA "Rubber-Skinned Girl" or "Elephant Girl," had skin at the top of her legs that was over a foot long, so it stretched far off her body. During the 1930s she performed with the sideshow Ripley's Believe It or Not. She was never married.

Agnes Schmidt

Miss Agnes Schmidt, AKA "Rubber-Skinned Girl" or "Elephant Girl," had skin at the top of her legs that was over a foot long, so it stretched far off her body. During the she performed with the sideshow Ripley's Believe It or Not.

L0063532 Colour poster advertising an appearance at a freakshow

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Poster lithograph [Hairy Man and His Son] "South London Palace, London Road. For twelve nights only commencing Monday, Feb. Collection: Wellcome Images vintage circus freak side show advertising poster

Lobster Boy - another vintage circus "freak" He was a horrible abusive man to his family, ended up murdered.

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

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SAMUEL PARKS - Hopp, The Frog Boy

Hopp the frog boy. Sam Parks was likely born with osteogenisis imperfecta – a condition that resulted in brittle bones and, as a result, regular painful fractures

Click to read the story of the human frog baby born in 1947.  Made me sad that they exploited the poor little thing before it died.  It needed to be cuddled and loved after it was born..not held up for the camera.

the human frog baby born in Made me sad that they exploited the poor little thing before it died. It needed to be cuddled and loved after it was born.not held up for the camera.

A Freak Show poster

Krao, the little Burmese hairy girl, who was most absurdly advertised as the "Missing Link" between man and monkey

Sideshow World, Sideshow Performers from around the world, Freak, Central,.

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