Sideshow Performers I
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Sideshow Performers, Limb Anomalies

Ann
Ann Eliza Leak (Thompson).jpg


Ann
Ann Eliza Leak (Thompson) 1839-.jpg


Armless
Armless Artist (Charles Felu, 1830-1900).jpg


Armless
Armless Wonder (Charles Tripp 1855-1939).jpg


Armless
Armless Wonder (Professor John T. Owens 1865-1918).jpg


Eddie
Eddie Kissell (1890-1909).jpg


Freddie
Freddie the Armless Wonder (Frank Esele, 1888-).jpg


Johnny
Johnny (Jack) Eck (1911-1995) with brother Robert .jpg


Lobster
Lobster Boy (Fred Wilson 1866-).jpg


Lobster
Lobster Boy (Fred Wilson 1866-) 2.jpg


Mignon,
Mignon, The Penguin Girl (Ruth Berry 1910-).jpg


Sealo
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Stump-Armed
Stump-Armed Child (Barney Nelson, 1878-).jpg


The
The Bear Cub & The Mama Bear (Alice Bounder with mother).jpg


The
The Bear Woman (Alice Bounder).jpg


The
The Camel Girl (Ella Harper, c.1878-).jpg


The
The Camel Girl (Lucy Elvira Jones 1881-).jpg


 

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Circus & Sideshow Giants

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Giant Al & Jeannie Tomaini 1.jpg


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Giant Johann Petursson, The Viking Giant.jpg


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Circus & Sideshow Giants



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Count Primo Magri (1849-1920)
aka Count Rosebud
Countess Magri (Lavinia Warren)
Baron Ernesto Magri (1850-)
aka Baron Littlefinger
Count, Countess, & Baron Maggri
Charles Tripp & Eli Bowen
Eli Bowen
"The Legless Acrobat"
1844-1924
Eugene Berry
1872-
Eugene Berry
1872-
Fannie Mills
"Biggest Feet on Earth"
"The Ohio Big Foot Girl"
1859-1899
Fannie Mills
"Biggest Feet on Earth"
"The Ohio Big Foot Girl"
1859-1899
Rose Foster
"Miss Rosina"
Rose Foster
"Miss Rosina"
Charles Tripp
"Armless Wonder"
1855-1939
Charles Tripp
"Armless Wonder"
1855-1939
Roy Bard
"Ossified Roy"
Jonathan Richardson Bass
"Ossified Man"
1830-1892
Roy (John) Shouse
"Ossified Roy"
"The Petrified Man"
Mignon (Mickey Mignon)
"The Penquin Girl"
1910-
Otis Jordan
"Frog Boy"
1926-1990
Seala
1919-
Katie (Kitty) Smith
"Armless Wonder"
1882-
John Dougs
1869-
John Dougs
1869-
Professor John T. Owens
"Armless Wonder" 1865-1918
Frances O'Connor
"The Living Venus Di Milo"
1914-1982
Frances O'Connor
"The Living Venus Di Milo"
1914-1982
Frances O'Connor
"The Living Venus Di Milo"
1914-1982
Frances O'Connor
"The Living Venus Di Milo"
1914-1982
Stanley Berent
"Sealo"
1903-1980
Stanley Berent
"Sealo"
1903-1980
Stanley Berent
"Sealo"
1903-1980
Stanley Berent
"Sealo"
1903-1980
Stanley Berent
"Sealo"
1903-1980
Definition of "Sideshow"

In America, a sideshow is an extra, secondary production associated with a circus, carnival, fair or other such attraction. Its proper name is a "Ten in One", referring to the practice of having a revolving show of ten acts under a single tent. When a single person or object is featured, it is known as a single-o.

Sideshows of old had a hierarchy of performers in terms of prestige, with "Born Freaks", people with congenital physical peculiarities, at the top, followed by "Made Freaks" such as tattooed men and women, and "Working Acts" such as sword swallowers and fire eaters. Contrary to contemporary perceptions, which holds the term freak show to be pejorative, many of the "Born Freaks" were not looked down upon by their fellow performers, and many were in fact the owners and operators of the shows.

The above article is adapted and edited by the House of Deception from Wikipedia Encyclopedia and may be read in its original, uncredited form at Wikipedia.org.
Juan & Martina de la Cruz
The Doll Family
du Royaune de Lilliput, Paris
The Lilliputians
Kliko, Antonia, Tiny & Harry Doll
du Royaune de Lilliput, Paris
Wizard of Oz Cast Members
Golden Age Sideshow Performers:
Arms, Legs & Limbs Anomalies
George Williams 1859-
"Turtle Boy"
Hugh Baily
"Pretzel Man"
"Spider Boy"
Crawfish Boy"
1935-
Lloyd Skelton
"Crab Boy"
1923-1995
Pete Moore
"World's Smallest Dad"
1932-1984
Alzoria Lewis
Alzora Green
"Alzoria the Turtle Girl"
1912-
Johanna Dickens "The Bear Girl"
Alzoria Lewis (aka Green)
"The Turtle Girl"
1912-
Alzora Green (Alzoria Lewis)
1912-
Bob Huddleston
"The Pony Boy"
"The Armless Fiddler"
Carl Unthan
1848-1928
"The Armless Fiddler"
Carl Unthan
1848-1928
"The Armless Fiddler"
Carl Unthan
1848-1928
Charles Tripp
"Armless Wonder"
1855-1939
Charles Tripp
"Armless Wonder"
1855-1939
Charles Tripp
"Armless Wonder"
1855-1939
Serpentina
"Half-Serpent, Half-Woman"
"Sea-Tiny the Mermaid"
1908-
Ella Harper
"The Camel Girl"
1873-
Count Ivan D. Orloff
"Human Window Pane"
"Transparent Man"
1864-1904
Golden Age Sideshow Performers:
Very Fat & Very Thin
Claude Ambroise Seurat
London, 1825
"World's Skinniest Man"
"Le Anatomie Vivant"
1797-
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Col. Martin P. Avery (J.D. Avery)
-1882
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Col. Martin P. Avery (J.D. Avery)
-1882
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Issac Sprague
1841-1887
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Eugene Ferralto (Charles Perry)
pictured with wife
-1907
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Emma Shiller
1868-1890
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Dominique Castagna
"The Mummy Man"
France, 1869-1905
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Dominique Castagna
"The Mummy Man"
France, 1869-1905
Sideshow Living Skeleton
George Prise
Sideshow Living Skeleton
George Martin & sister
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Artie Atherton (Moll)
-1920
Dreamland Circus Sideshow, Coney Island, NY
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Artie Atherton (Moll)
-1920
Barnum & Bailey Circus
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Shadow Rogers
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, 1938
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Walter Cole
Sideshow Living Skeleton
Peter Robinson in
Freaks
1879-
Click here to see Sideshow Performers Page II
for the following categories:

Siamese (& other) Twins

Hair, Skin, & Face Anomalies

Miscellaneous Performers
Golden Age Sideshow Performers:
Dwarfs
Alma Bataillard "The Giantess"
-1893
Anna Swan
Anna Haining Swan (Bates)
1846-1888
Rosa Wedsted
(Margarete Wedstedt)
"The Northern Beauty"
1881-1903
Choung Chi Lang
Wife with Three Inch Feet
US Tour 1882
G.B. Bunnell's Museum Broadway & 9th St N.Y
unidentified
Giant
Circus Krone
Germany
Giant
Circus Krone
Germany
Giant
Circus Krone
Germany
Landon Middlecoff
"The Kentucky Giant Boy"
1862-1885
Landon Middlecoff
"The Kentucky Giant Boy"
1862-1885
Capt. Martin Van Buren Bates
"The Kentucky Giant"
1837-1919
pictured with wife
Anna Haining Swan
Capt. Martin Van Buren Bates
"The Kentucky Giant"
1837-1919
pictured with wife
Anna Haining Swan
& friend Lei McFarland
unidentified
Giant Erwin Johnson
Gunnar Erwin Johnson Barda[l] "Hi" Johnson
Johann Kristinn Petursson (Pettersson, Petersson)
aka:
"Johann Svarfdaelingur" "Nordischer Riese Olaf"
"The Icelandic Giant "
"The Viking Giant"
"Jói Risi"
1913-1984
Giant Ludwig Schulten
Dreamland, 1921
Choung Chi Lang
Wife with Three Inch Feet
US Tour 1882
G.B. Bunnell's Museum Broadway & 9th St N.Y
Giant Machnow
(Fédor Alexiovitch Machnov)
1878-1912
Gottlieb J. "Fred" Fischer
1907-1988
Alfreda Fischer
-1984
"Mr. and Mrs. Long"
"The World’s Only Married Giant Couple"
Ted Evans
(Ernest Edward Evans)
"The Tallest Man Alive"
1952 Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey
1924-1958
Johann Kristinn Petursson (Pettersson, Petersson)
aka:
"Johann Svarfdaelingur" "Nordischer Riese Olaf"
"The Icelandic Giant "
"The Viking Giant"
"Jói Risi"
1913-1984
P. T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth
and
Great London Circus
Chang Tu Sing
"The Chinese Goliath"
aka:
Chang the Chinese Giant
Chang Woo Gow
Chang Yu Sing
184?-1893
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Sedelmeyer's Midgets
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Johann Petursson
The Viking Giant
The Icelandic Giant
1913-1984
Jack Earle
(Jacob Rheuben Ehrlich)
Sideshow Giant and Silent Film Actor
1906-1952
Giant Jack Earle
Souvenir Ring
Giant Johann Petursson
1913-1984
Souvenir Ring
Giant J. G. (Jim) Tarver
James Grover Tarver
1885-1958
Souvenir Ring