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10 Most Interesting Old “Circus Freak” Pics – Vote for Your Fave

There were many unique individuals in the past who spent their lives entertaining customers curious to view people very different from themselves. Here is a selection of rare photos from those times. Vote for your favorite rare “circus freak” photo, add your own, and come back to see which one wins the vote!

#1 The Bearded Lady

Annie Jones started touring with P.T. Barnum at the age of 9 months. She had a mustache and sideburns at the age of 5, and by adulthood, she was the most popular bearded lady in the business. She died in 1902 from tuberculosis at the age of 37.

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#2 General Tom Thumb

General Tom Thumb was a very famous dwarf employed by P.T. Barnum. Over the course of his career, he amassed an incredible fortune and eventually became P.T. Barnum’s business partner.

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#3 The Original Siamese Twins

If you’ve ever wondered where the term “Siamese twins” came from… here you go. We’d like to present Chang and Eng Bunker. They were born in Siam, settled in North Carolina and married two normal sisters. They had a total of 21 kids.

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#4 Two-Headed Nightingale

Millie and Christine McCoy were born as slaves in North Carolina in 1851. They were displayed from the age of 1. After the emancipation proclamation, they performed for over 30 years as singers and dancers. They could also speak 5 languages.

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#5 Prince Randian

Stage name Prince Randian (sometimes misspelled Rardion or Randion; October 12, 1871 – December 19, 1934), also nicknamed as The Snake Man, The Human Torso, The Human Caterpillar and a variety of other names, was a Guyanese-born American performer with tetra-amelia syndrome and a famous limbless sideshow performer of the early 1900s, best known for his ability to roll cigarettes with his lips. He was reportedly brought to the United States by P.T. Barnum in 1889, age 18 and was a popular Coney Island carnival and circus attraction for 45 years. Prince Randian was featured in the 1932 film Freaks, his only film appearance in which he is seen performing his cigarette trick.

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#6 Octavia The Yankee Snake Charmer

One of the biggest attractions of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was Octavia The Yankee Snake Charmer. In fact, most sideshows included a snake charmer in their line-up since they always sold tickets!

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#7 The Iron-Jawed Man

Not much is known of John Jennings, but it’s rumored that he was born in 1845 and died in 1906 after a train wreck. He could hold up 1,000 lbs. using only his jaw. He was known as The Iron Jawed Man.

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#8 Pip And Flip

Sisters Jenny Lee Snow and Elvira Snow were born in Georgia and suffered from microcephaly (tiny cranium). They were billed as “Pip and Flip” and had a child-like innocence long into adulthood.

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#9 The Cowboy Giant

Jack Earl was 8’6″ and performed with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Circus as The Cowboy Giant. He was multi-talented and was also a silent film star, poet, dancer and painter.

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#10 Jo Jo The Dog Boy

Born Fedor Jeftichew in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1868, he toured with his father, Adrian, who also had the excessive-hair condition, hypertrichosis. Eventually, P.T. Barnum brought him to the US and he performed until his death from pneumonia in 1904.

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