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Jane Barnell, the bearded lady sold to a circus by her mother. The Great Oriental Circus family took her in as an attraction. She was abandoned by a circus while in hospital for an undisclosed illness. She eventually married in 1900 and had two children.

Meet Wilmington native Jane Barnell who was sold by her mother as a small child to a traveling circus because of her facial hair. Years later, she joined the John Robinson Circus as "Lady Olga the Bearded Woman.

Meet Violetta (Aloisia Wagner) whom was a sideshow performer in the early 1900’s. Having a talent for singing, using her rather odd appearance, she gained work in various sideshow acts flaunting both her voice and her looks.

Meet Rosa Violetta (Aloisia Wagner) whom was a sideshow performer in the early Having a talent for singing, using her rather odd appearance, she gained work in various sideshow acts flaunting both her voice and her looks.

Lavinia Warren, an actress with Pituitary dwarfism.

Circus side show performer, tiny woman- Lavinia Warren Bump

Kookoo the bird girl,Minnie began her sideshow career dressed in an American Indian costume and billed as ‘Minnie-Ha-Ha’. The name was an obvious play on North Carolina’s Minnihaha Falls and the gimmick was likely a nod to the Aztec Children exhibits of yesteryear. Minnie, initially reluctant and shy, soon came to love the attention she received as a sideshow attraction. She was known to dance and shake excitedly and to speak in thrilled gibberish to the delight of audiences everywhere.

KOO KOO - The Bird Girl - Freaks the Movie

kookoo the bird girl human oddity freak

Miss Agnes Schmidt "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.

Utica crib - 19th and 20th century psychiatry: after chaining patients was deemed cruel, this Utica Crib made out of wood or iron was used to keep patients from harming other patients or themselves. The patient slept in these "cribs".

19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos

Utica crib, after chaining was deemed inhumane for psychiatric patients, restraints and other devices were used to protect patients from harming others - or themselves.

Suitcases left by patients in the Willard Asylum for the Insane in New York…

Jon Crispin is raising funds for Willard Asylum Suitcase Documentation on Kickstarter! I am photographing a collection of suitcases left behind by residents of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY

A girl with Hypertrichosis. A rare condition that causes the body to produce an abnormal amount of hair.  The sideshow is meant to take those who were born with odd conditions and to celebrate them.

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.

"1818's; 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.

Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus.

sideshow folk  ~jack sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean...

sideshow folk ~jack sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean.

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