Sword-swallowing woman, unknown provenance. I prefer photos with some background information that I can track down, but this is such a striking image—especially since it looks like she's wearing a corset or girdle while gargling steel. Takes serious guts!
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.