By Marc Hartzman
A desirable look at the heritage of the yankee sideshow and its performers. examine what is genuine, what is pretend, and what is simply downright weird and wonderful. you have most likely heard of Tom Thumb. The Elephant guy. Chang and Eng, the unique Siamese twins. yet what approximately Eli Bowen, the legless acrobat? Myrtle Corbin, the four-legged lady? Or Prince Randian, the human torso? these types of and extra have been stars through the heyday of the yank sideshow, from 1840 to 1950. American Sideshow chronicles the lives of really extraordinary performers, studying those courageous and awesome curiosities, not only as sideshow points of interest, yet as humans, delving into the lives they led and the way they have been in a position to conquer their abnormalities. American Sideshow discusses the increase and fall of the unique sideshows and their next substitute via present day self-made freaks. With the development of recent drugs, the actual abnormalities are disappearing, both via remedy or prevention; and, satirically, those self same technological developments now give the opportunity to alter bodies at will. it really is impressive how effortless it truly is to have your tongue forked, horns surgically implanted, or your earlobes got rid of. There also are modern day giants, fire-eaters, fire-breathers, sword-swallowers, glass-eaters, human blockheads, and, oh, a lot more. those interesting personalities are celebrated via intimate biographies paired with beautiful images. nearly two hundred performers from the prior one hundred sixty years are featured, giving readers a accomplished and occasionally magnificent view of the historical past of the yankee sideshow.
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First, I thank my wife, Liz, who not only encouraged me to pursue this book from the beginning, but supported me along the way by taking countless photos, traveling, pushing me to bid higher for photos on eBay, and putting up with me while I disappeared into my office to interview, research, and write. com, who generously allowed his photograph of Johnny Eck to be published for the first time. Many other people took time to furnish information, give interviews, and meet for photo shoots: David Adamovich, Carol Armstrong, Eduardo Arrocha, Adena Baker, Scott Baker, Cathy Berry, Dick Brewer, Ses Carny, David Clark, Tim Cridland, Matt Crowley, - David Denholtz, Jimmy Dixon, Don Driver, The Enigma, Mark Frierson, Lorett Fulkerson, Tyler Fyre, The Great Nippulini, Jan Gregor, Insectivora, Fred Kahl, Katzen, Bob Leonard, Sahar Mitchell, Stephanie Monseu, Alexzander Morrow, Keith Nelson, Todd Robbins, John Robinson, Jim Rose, Särka, Daniel Browning Smith, Erik Sprague, - David Straitjacket, John Strong, Red Stuart, Tina Tomaini, Stephanie Torres, Ula, Vivian Wheeler, and Jerry Willman.
MILLIE-CHRISTINE, THE TWO-HEADED NIGHTINGALE - 1851-1912 FANNY MILLS, THE OHIO BIG FOOT GIRL - 1860-1899 GENERAL MITE - 1864—? CHAUNCEY MORLAN - 1869-1912 JAMES MORRIS - 1859—? THE MURRAY MIDGETS - Circa 1860s—? PAULINE MUSTERS - 1876-1895 SANDERS K. G. NELLIS - 1817—? CHARLES and ELIZA NESTEL, COMMODORE FOOTE and THE FAIRY QUEEN - Charles: ... NICHOLI, THE LITTLE RUSSIAN PRINCE - Circa 1870s—? COMMODORE NUTT - 1844-1881 COUNT ORLOFF, THE ONLY LIVING TRANSPARENT and OSSIFIED MAN - 1864—1904 NOAH ORR, THE UNION COUNTY GIANT - 1836-1882 JULIA PASTRANA, THE UGLIEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD - 1834-1860 PIRAMEL and SAMI, THE DOUBLE-BODIED HINDU ENIGMA - Circa 1888-?
THE DOLL FAMILY - Frieda (Grace): 1899-1980 Kurt (Harry): 1902-1985 Hilda ... DOLLY DIMPLES - 1901-1982 WILLIAM DURKS, THE MAN WITH TWO NOSES AND THREE EYES - 1913-1975 JACK EARLE, THE TEXAS GIANT - 1906-1952 JOHNNY ECK, THE LIVING HALF-BOY - 1911—1991 HAPPY JACK ECKERT - 1874—1937 EKO and IKO, THE AMBASSADORS FROM MARS (GEORGE and WILLIE MUSE) - George: ... LAVONDA EVANS - 1920—? MR. and MRS. FISCHER, THE WORLD’S TALLEST MARRIED COUPLE - Circa early 1900s—? FREDA-FRED - 1908—? LORETT FULKERSON - Born 1915 MADEMOISELLE GABRIELLE, THE LIVING HALF-WOMAN - 1884—?
American sideshow: an encyclopedia of history's most wondrous and curiously strange performers by Marc Hartzman