4 weeks ago
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vintageeveryday:

Unbelievably haunting vintage photos from the circus. See more here…

1 month ago
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I love this place.

I’m glad!

7 months ago
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weirdvintage:

Knife throwing target girl, 19th century (via)

weirdvintage:

Knife throwing target girl, 19th century (via)

7 months ago
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weirdvintage:

Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair.  She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”.  At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair.  She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915. (via)

weirdvintage:

Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair.  She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”.  At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair.  She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915. (via)

Anonymous
Frontonasal dysplasia doesn't make you a freak, it's a medical condition, people have to deal with that for their whole life and you've got people laughing at it? Tbh you need to sort that out? They're not freaks they're human beings

Hey man I know all that and I’m not laughing at them, I think these people are great. This blog is called circus-freaks because they were “freaks” in the circus.

9 months ago
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vintagegal:

Tattooed Lady photographed for National Geographic, 1931 (via)

vintagegal:

Tattooed Lady photographed for National Geographic, 1931 (via)

11 months ago
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zombie1ovejuice:

bodypartss:

praedictum-impaver:

 Laverie Vallee (July 18, 1875 – February 6, 1949), best known by her stage name Charmion, was a Sacramento born trapeze artist who possessed strength and a physique most men would be envious of. However, she was most well known for her risqué striptease performances.

The act opened with Charmion taking the stage in full Victorian attire. She would then mount the trapeze and proceed to undress to her leotard while performing impressive and strength-dependent stunts. The act was incredibly impressive and provocative for the era. However, the controversy created by her performances did not prevent the formulation of a devoted, and mostly male, fan base.

One of her greatest fans was Thomas Edison. As a result of that adoration, on November 11, 1901 Charmion committed a simplified version of her act to film for Edison. The film, simply entitled ‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’ focused more on the erotic aspect of the performance, though a few remarkable feats of strength are featured.

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fucking hero

STRONG SEXYNESS. YIS. YIS I LIKE EET

11 months ago
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vintagegal:

Annie Jones (1860 – 1902) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. 
Photo c.1888 

vintagegal:

Annie Jones (1860 – 1902) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction.

Photo c.1888 

11 months ago
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littlepennydreadful:

a tiny bit of  the John Robinson Circus Collection from the Public Library of Cincinnati. Amazing…

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