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Background imageFreak Collection: Saartje Baartman, also known as The Hottentot Venus

Saartje Baartman, also known as The Hottentot Venus
Saartje ( Sarah ) Baartman (1789-1815), also known as The Hottentot Venus - an African servant girl from South Africas Eastern Cape of the Khoisan tribe brought to London in 1810 & exhibited at freak

Background imageFreak Collection: Russian - Zascha The Colossal Woman

Russian - Zascha The Colossal Woman
Zascha - The Colossal Woman from Russia Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFreak Collection: The Fat Boy of Peckham and his father

The Fat Boy of Peckham and his father
John Trundley, or sometimes, Trunley (1898 - 1944), known as the Fat Boy of Peckham appearing with his father on the front cover of The Tatler magazine in 1903 when he was aged five

Background imageFreak Collection: Edouard Beaupre

Edouard Beaupre, the Willowbunch giant (1881 - 1904), giant and circus performer, and part of Barnum and Baileys circus. Named here in the Tatler as Arthur Beaupre, the Montana Giant

Background imageFreak Collection: The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack - Ripley s

The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack - Ripley s
Arthur Plumhoff The Human Pincushion - The Pain-Proof Man (left) and Captain Ringman Jack, who lifted weights through holes through his breasts

Background imageFreak Collection: Freak Show poster - Legless Woman

Freak Show poster - Legless Woman
A poster for a freak show exhibit of a legless Englishwoman, Miss Gabriele The English Halfwoman. Postcard from Germany

Background imageFreak Collection: Sideshow at Hull Fair

Sideshow at Hull Fair
Sideshows at Hull Fair

Background imageFreak Collection: Hastings at High Tide

Hastings at High Tide
Rough waves pound the sea wall during high tide at Hastings. A small sailing boat is tossed by the swell

Background imageFreak Collection: Ivan Markoff, a Russian cossack giant, early 20th century

Ivan Markoff, a Russian cossack giant, early 20th century
Ivan Markoff, who was famous as a Russian cossack giant in the early 20th century. Markoff is seen in London where the caption says he was being fitted for a new suit. He was reputed to be 9ft tall

Background imageFreak Collection: Stephan Bibrowski (1890 - 1932), know as Lionel the Lion-faced Man

Stephan Bibrowski (1890 - 1932), know as Lionel the Lion-faced Man. Lionel traveled to the United States and started appearing with the Barnum and Bailey Circus

Background imageFreak Collection: The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1898

The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1898
Annie Jones Elliot (1865 - 1902) also known as " the Bearded Lady" toured with the showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. 1898

Background imageFreak Collection: Mlle. Anita, the Doll Lady, and her brother

Mlle. Anita, the Doll Lady, and her brother
Mlle. Anita, measuring about twenty-six inches in height, and known as The Doll Lady or the Living Doll, pictured with her ordinary-sized brother, Herr Ignatz Zachowly during a visit to England

Background imageFreak Collection: The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1897

The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1897
Annie Jones Elliot (1865 - 1902), a " freak" and part of the " Greatest Show on Earth". The accompanying article describes her as " in every respect the best of the "

Background imageFreak Collection: Sidonia de Barcsy - The Bearded Lady Baroness

Sidonia de Barcsy - The Bearded Lady Baroness
Sidonia de Barcsy (1866-1925) - The Hungarian Bearded Lady Baroness. Her husband, Baron Antonio de Barcsy knew there was a fortune to be had and actively cultivated a career for Sidonia

Background imageFreak Collection: A South African Man with skin pigmentation condition

A South African Man with skin pigmentation condition
A South African Man with the skin pigmentation condition vitiligo, creating a remarkable patched appearance, captioned here as Leopard Skin (!). Date: circa 1900

Background imageFreak Collection: Freak Birth Kaltenbrunn Paranormal Human Oddities

Freak Birth Kaltenbrunn Paranormal Human Oddities
freak, birth, kaltenbrunn, paranormal, human, oddities, 1566, hans, undeveloped, joined, twin, anomalous, body, dead, conjoined, history, historical, 10121760

Background imageFreak Collection: FREAK BIRTH/COLOREDO

FREAK BIRTH/COLOREDO
Lazarus Coloredo (1742 - ?) and his partially formed attached twin. Date: mid 18th century

Background imageFreak Collection: FREAK BIRTH/TWIN/1560

FREAK BIRTH/TWIN/1560
A freak birth, where an undeveloped twin has remained attached to a healthy individual. Date: 1560

Background imageFreak Collection: FREAK BRITH ISRAEL

FREAK BRITH ISRAEL
Israel and his conjoined brother'. Date: 17th century

Background imageFreak Collection: CORONATION LEGEND

CORONATION LEGEND
The Legend of the Coronation Stone. Jacob sleeping on the Stone at Bethel. Edward I dedicating the Stone to the Confessor. The wanderings of the Stone. A Westminster scholar's freak in 1801

Background imageFreak Collection: A page from The Sketch commenting on how fashions of 1907 echo those of the medieval era

A page from The Sketch commenting on how fashions of 1907 echo those of the medieval era. Date: 1907

Background imageFreak Collection: The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones

The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones
Annie Jones Elliot (1865 - 1902) also known as " the Bearded Lady" toured with the showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction

Background imageFreak Collection: A Freak of Fashion. Date: 1897

A Freak of Fashion. Date: 1897

Background imageFreak Collection: The Fat Boy of Peckham

The Fat Boy of Peckham
John Trundley, or sometimes, Trunley (1898 - 1944), known as the Fat Boy of Peckham shown in a series of photographs at the time he was appearing at the Royal in Holborn

Background imageFreak Collection: American Fat Man - Barney Worth - Freakshow Performer

American Fat Man - Barney Worth - Freakshow Performer
American Fat Man - Barney Worth - Remarkable socks and slightly distressingly-short shorts. Titania and Barney Worth were billed as The Worlds Fattest Couple when going on show at various Freakshows

Background imageFreak Collection: Young South African Boy suffering from Vitiligo

Young South African Boy suffering from Vitiligo
Young South African Boy from Pretoria suffering from Vitiligo - titled here at the Leopard Skin Kaffir Child - A Freak of Nature. Date: circa 1905

Background imageFreak Collection: Lionel the Lion-faced Man

Lionel the Lion-faced Man
Stephan Bibrowski (18911932), better known as Lionel the Lion-faced Man, was a famous sideshow performer. His whole body was covered with long hair that gave him the appearance of a lion; this was

Background imageFreak Collection: Lionel, The Lion-faced Man - Very Hairy Man

Lionel, The Lion-faced Man - Very Hairy Man
Stephan Bibrowski (18911932), better known as Lionel the Lion-faced Man, was a famous sideshow performer. His whole body was covered with long hair that gave him the appearance of a lion; this was

Background imageFreak Collection: Zaro Agha - the Oldest man in the world

Zaro Agha - the Oldest man in the world - aged 156! - who toured with Bertram Mills Circus. Born in 1775 at Bitlis in Turkey, he fought against Napoleon at the Siege of Acre in Syria

Background imageFreak Collection: Giacomo Poro

Giacomo Poro
GIACOMO PORO from Genoa, born with an extraordinary twin which he exhibited in London in 1714

Background imageFreak Collection: Freak Birth of Zardana

Freak Birth of Zardana
This half sheep and multi- bodied and headed creature was taken in the mountains of Zardana in Spain Date: 1655

Background imageFreak Collection: Ripleys Believe-it-or-not - Anato Hayes - Odditorium

Ripleys Believe-it-or-not - Anato Hayes - Odditorium
Ripleys Believe-it-or-not - Human Automobile Tyre - Wilber H. Roden ( Edema ) is inflated with an ordinary air pump to three times his normal size! Odditorium at The New York Worlds Fair of 1940

Background imageFreak Collection: The Turkish Tom Thumb

The Turkish Tom Thumb - Pasha Hayati Hassid. Born 1852 - height 30 inches - weight 34 lbs - spoke seven languages. Introduced to England by Lloyd Forsyth

Background imageFreak Collection: The Deformito-Mania

The Deformito-Mania
Satirical cartoon on what Punch calls the " taste for the Monstrous" by the general public, encouraged particularly by the exhibits at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly

Background imageFreak Collection: Extraordinary exhibition of Scapiglione

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

Background imageFreak Collection: A tornado in South Wales, 1913

A tornado in South Wales, 1913
Page from The Illustrated London News reporting on the havoc wrought by a tornado that passed through South Wales on the night of October 27th 1913. Date: 1913

Background imageFreak Collection: A night train stopped by a snow drift

A night train stopped by a snow drift in Northern England or Scotland, This portion of the country has been laid under snow to the depth of, in some places, ten or twelve feet. 1858

Background imageFreak Collection: Two-Headed Snake / C. 1770

Two-Headed Snake / C. 1770
A strange two-headed snake Date: circa 1770

Background imageFreak Collection: Freak Birth / Early C16

Freak Birth / Early C16
Twins born with additonal limbs, Germany. Date: early 16th century

Background imageFreak Collection: Siamese Twins / C18Th

Siamese Twins / C18Th
Siamese twins sharing one set of legs. Date: 18th century

Background imageFreak Collection: Multi-Limbed Child / 1560

Multi-Limbed Child / 1560
A freak birth with four arms and four legs. Date: 1560

Background imageFreak Collection: Freak Birth of 1547

Freak Birth of 1547
Alleged birth of creature with human head and trunk-like nose, and heads of dogs, sheeps and monkeys over its body and webbed hands and feet Date: 1547

Background imageFreak Collection: Souvenir postcard of the Giant Child, Anna

Souvenir postcard of the Giant Child, Anna
Souvenir postcard with a portrait of the Giant Child, Anna, who, according to information given was eight years old at the time this picture was taken and weighed 170lbs. Date: c.1900

Background imageFreak Collection: Crowds at Dreamland, Coney Island, New York, USA

Crowds at Dreamland, Coney Island, New York, USA Date: 1907

Background imageFreak Collection: Lion headed boy

Lion headed boy
Boy with the lions head, Reynolds Exhibition, 1901 Date: 1901

Background imageFreak Collection: Human Curiosity - Panther Woman

Human Curiosity - Panther Woman
24-year-old French woman - labelled as a Panther Woman due to her mottled skin. This 24 year-old lady is obviously making quite a career through her affliction. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFreak Collection: The wonderful American hen

The wonderful American hen with three wings and four legs. The greatest living curiosity in the world, as exhibited at 26 Charing Cross Road, London

Background imageFreak Collection: Nikolai Wassiljewittsch Kobelkoff - Freak Show Star

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



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