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 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.
Circus side show performer, tiny woman- Lavinia Warren Bump
KOO KOO - The Bird Girl - Freaks the Movie
kookoo the bird girl human oddity freak
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.
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.
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
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.
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.