Grace McDaniels (1888-1958) was known as the 'Mule Faced Woman' due to a severe facial deformity known as Sturge-Weber syndrome. She was known to her fellow circus workers as a kindly woman who loved to cook and sew. She was raped by a drunken worker and gave birth to son Elmer, shown here. Elmer was an alcoholic who stole from and mistreated his mother. They both died in 1958.
Decorated (Iron Cross) War Veteran Begging on the Street (1923) Wounded veterans of the Great War – a common sight on the streets of Weimar Germany – were among those hardest hit by the great inflation. Even the money they received from begging became quickly worthless.