Extraordinary exhibition of Scapiglione
Advertising flyer for an Extraordinary Exhibition at the Saville House, Leicester Square, every day from Ten o'Clock till One, and from Two till Ten. Scapiglione. The name of SCAPIGLIONE is given to him from the extraordinary HEAD OF HAIR which is Four Feet and a Half in circumference from each angle, and of the wonderful arrangement of the same. He is possessed of the most robust temperament and advantageous form of body and most proportionate; his athletic muscular and high and majestic stature; his full and fine countenance, and his decorus and elegant demeanour. The organ of his voice is extraordinary, and he will give a proof of his great talent. Front seats, 6d. Back do. 3d. Printed by T Birt, Bloomsbury.
Early 19th century
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Edouard Beaupre, the Willowbunch giant (1881 - 1904), giant and circus performer, and part of Barnum and Bailey's circus. Named here in the Tatler as Arthur Beaupre, the Montana Giant. Standing 7 ft 1 1/2 inches tall, Beaupre died just a few months after this photograph was published of tuberculosis. Date: 1904
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Nikolai Wassiljewittsch Kobelkoff - Freak Show Star
Kobelkoff, Freak show empresario pictured with his family. Nikolai Wassiljewittsch Kobelkoff (1851 - 1933) was born in Wossnesensk, Siberia, Russia. While exhibiting in Austria in 1875, he met Anna Wilfert, a Viennese woman - their public wedding took place in Budapest the same year and they went on to have six children (pictured). With the money he'd accumulated over the years, Kobelkoff was able to buy his own amusement park at Prater, Austria's Coney Island.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection