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Sideshow man with "werewolf syndrome"

Sideshow man with "werewolf syndrome"

A strongwoman holds her partner aloft, c. 1910

A strongwoman holds her partner aloft, c. 1910

Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton.  He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight.  By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs.  He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome.  He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint.  He married twice and had 3 average sized sons.  He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.

Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton. He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight. By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs. He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He married twice and had 3 average sized sons. He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.

real life is elsewhere: inspiration: ethel granger

real life is elsewhere: inspiration: ethel granger

In the 1860s, a photographer named Charles Eisenmann photographed thousands of circus attractions.

In the 1860s, a photographer named Charles Eisenmann photographed thousands of circus attractions.

Robert Wadlow, tallest man who ever lived, with his father.  Robert Wadlow was 8'11'' and his father was 5'11''.  This photo is interesting because there is an optical illusion going. Because his father is standing lower than Robert, it makes Robert look even taller.  He usually came up to slightly above Robert's waist.

Robert Wadlow, tallest man who ever lived, with his father. Robert Wadlow was 8'11'' and his father was 5'11''. This photo is interesting because there is an optical illusion going. Because his father is standing lower than Robert, it makes Robert look even taller. He usually came up to slightly above Robert's waist.

The singing sensation of the 1890s was Tom Morrison and the "Mini Me's" #vintage #photography

The singing sensation of the 1890s was Tom Morrison and the "Mini Me's" #vintage #photography

Knife thrower Signor Arcaris & sister Miss Rose Arcaris, 1900.  Job description: that would be knife thrower for him, risk taker for her, and together Entertainers and Performers

Knife thrower Signor Arcaris & sister Miss Rose Arcaris, 1900. Job description: that would be knife thrower for him, risk taker for her, and together Entertainers and Performers

Ghost Hunting Theories: Victorian Era Medical Oddities John Merrick, the so-called Elephant Man.  In our past we were so cruel.

Ghost Hunting Theories: Victorian Era Medical Oddities John Merrick, the so-called Elephant Man. In our past we were so cruel.

Bob Melvin, The Man With Two Faces in Fargo, ND behind the bally in his trailer. (1976)

Carnival sideshow freaks Randal Levenson/Spalding Gray

Bob Melvin, The Man With Two Faces in Fargo, ND behind the bally in his trailer. (1976)

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