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35 Vintage Photos Of Midway Freak Show Performers

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1 “Congress of Freaks” – P.T. Barnum’s Traveling Freak Show

2 This was Martin Joe Laurello, who was known as “The Human Owl” for his ability to rotate his head around almost 180 degrees.

3  Sideshow boxers of very different proportions.

4 This man, known as “The Human Caterpillar,” was born limbless and would roll and light cigarettes with his mouth.

5 This is Koo-Koo, the bird girl.

6 The Human Pincushion.

7 A “performer” with hand and feet deformities.

8 Lucia Zarate is the smallest person who ever lived, weighing only four pounds at 18 years old.

9 Mike, the headless chicken, survived for 18 months after his head was chopped off.

10 This is the Four-Legged Woman, which may have actually been an illusion.

11  The Elastic Skin Man.

12 Frank Lentini, known as “The Three-Legged Man” didn’t just have three legs, but four feet, sixteen toes, and two functioning sets of genitals.

13 The Pierced Man.

14 Pip and Flip.

15 A legless acrobat with his family.

16 A performer with giant feet and another with no arms.

17 Unzie the Albino.

18 Annie Jones, who traveled as The American Bearded Woman.

19 his is Schlitzie Simon Metz, who suffered from microcephaly, a shrunken cranium and brain, which caused him to have the intellect of a small child even into adulthood.

20  John Jennings was known as the modern-day Sampson for his ability to lift heavy weights with his hair.

21 These “Wild Men of Borneo” were actually developmentally disabled under-grown twins sold by their mother to the circus.

22 Robert Owen Melvin was known as “The Man with Two Faces”

23 Conjoined twins marketed as “The Two-Headed Man.”

24 This man, known as Robert “The Pony Boy” Huddleston, suffered from inverted knee joints that kept him from standing up straight.

25 This performer was known as “The Minnesota Wooly Baby.”

26 This performer was known as “The Minnesota Wooly Baby.”

27 Ella Harper was known professionally as “The Camel Girl.”

28 Atoria Gibbons, who made a name for herself as a tattooed woman, wouldn’t stand out at all these days.

29 Atoria Gibbons, who made a name for herself as a tattooed woman, wouldn’t stand out at all these days.

30 Atoria Gibbons, who made a name for herself as a tattooed woman, wouldn’t stand out at all these days.

31 Grady Stiles suffered from etrodactyly, which caused him to develop claw-like extremities. He was given the predictable nickname “Lobster Boy.”

32  Conjoined twins Josefa and Rosa Blazeh with Rosa’s son.

33 Unknown diminutive performer with a very serious look on her face

34 P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb

35 Hairy family of Burma

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