Indication of neurofibromatosis, which causes extreme skin abnormalities as seen here with Arthur Loos.  He performed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933.

Indication of neurofibromatosis, which causes extreme skin abnormalities as seen here with Arthur Loos. He performed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933.

Original c.1910 photo postcard of "May-Joe". May-Joe was born on a farm in Ashland County, Ohio, on October 16, 1905, the child - or children - of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ethinger. The child had three buttocks, three legs, all poorly developed, two stomachs, and two sets of kidneys. Most remarkable was the fact that he was a hermaphrodite (or, more properly, a pseudohermaphrodite). Despite this ambiguity, the parents assigned their baby a masculine name, George Francis.

Original c.1910 photo postcard of "May-Joe". May-Joe was born on a farm in Ashland County, Ohio, on October 16, 1905, the child - or children - of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ethinger. The child had three buttocks, three legs, all poorly developed, two stomachs, and two sets of kidneys. Most remarkable was the fact that he was a hermaphrodite (or, more properly, a pseudohermaphrodite). Despite this ambiguity, the parents assigned their baby a masculine name, George Francis.

Bettie Lou Williams (1932-1954)  had a parasitic twin growing out of the left side of her body. It’s said that she was the highest paid human oddity in history, earning up to one grand a week. She put her 11 siblings through college and purchased a 260 acre farm for her parents. She died of an asthma attack at 22.

Bettie Lou Williams (1932-1954) had a parasitic twin growing out of the left side of her body. It’s said that she was the highest paid human oddity in history, earning up to one grand a week. She put her 11 siblings through college and purchased a 260 acre farm for her parents. She died of an asthma attack at 22.

[n b Certainly NOT the first plastic surgeries...) Willie Vicarage, who was suffering from facial wounds that he sustained in the Battle of Jutland in was one of the first men to receive facial reconstruction using plastic surgery. Read more at

While caring for the infants, John noticed something strange: a white line across the forehead of baby Jennifer that mirrored a scar the deceased Jacqueline used to have. And on the back of Jennifer's leg was a birthmark identical to Jacqueline's.

While caring for the infants, John noticed something strange: a white line across the forehead of baby Jennifer that mirrored a scar the deceased Jacqueline used to have. And on the back of Jennifer's leg was a birthmark identical to Jacqueline's.

Vintage photo 1860s TOM THUMB & WIFE As Young Children Tom Thumb,Miss Lavinia / Warren The Giant / barnum circus

Vintage photo 1860s TOM THUMB & WIFE As Young Children Tom Thumb,Miss Lavinia / Warren The Giant / barnum circus

John Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man," had a terrifying appearance accompanied by an utterly fascinating life.

John Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man," had a terrifying appearance accompanied by an utterly fascinating life.

David Fenton   Women Demonstrators Outside Fort Dix, A Major Transshipment Port for U.S. Army Soldiers Leaving For Vietnam, October 12th, 1969

David Fenton Women Demonstrators Outside Fort Dix, A Major Transshipment Port for U.S. Army Soldiers Leaving For Vietnam, October 12th, 1969

Barney (born 1827) and his older brother Hiram were two mentally impaired dwarves who were born and raised on an Ohio farm.  Despite their tiny size:said to stand 4o inches and weigh 45 lbs. Farm labor had made them strong, endowing them with the ability to lift heavy weights (up to 300 lbs) They were given the stage names Waino and Plutanor, two gentlemen from the exotic land of Borneo. Years later, they were hired for P.T. Barnum’s travelling shows. Hiram passed way in 1905; Barney in…

Barney (born 1827) and his older brother Hiram were two mentally impaired dwarves who were born and raised on an Ohio farm. Despite their tiny size:said to stand 4o inches and weigh 45 lbs. Farm labor had made them strong, endowing them with the ability to lift heavy weights (up to 300 lbs) They were given the stage names Waino and Plutanor, two gentlemen from the exotic land of Borneo. Years later, they were hired for P.T. Barnum’s travelling shows. Hiram passed way in 1905; Barney in…

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