Lot 61 of 338:
CDV's of circus freaks  

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Current absentee: $2,500 (1 bid)

Estimate:
$4,000 - $6,000

Starting:
$2,500

Title:
Album with 45 carte-de-visite photographs of Siamese twins, giants, midgets, and other circus "freaks"
Author:
Place:
Various places
Publisher:
Date:
c.1860's-1880's
Description:

Cards in window mounts in album, most with pencil captions on mount. 15.5x11.5 cm (6x4½"), embossed leather.

Included are cdv's of Eng and Chang Bunker (the "original" Siamese twins); two cards showing the black conjoined twins Millie and Christine McKoy; the skeleton or fossil of a mermaid; Julia Pastrana, the "ape woman"; the 7 foot nine inch "Nova Scotia giantess" Mrs. Captain Bates, and her two inch-shorter husband; the murderess Constance Kent; the Chinese giant Col. Chang Yu Sing, 8 foot 6 inches; the Russian hairy man; the midget "Felicie"; the "Fairy Wedding Group" with Tom Thumb and his bride; plus other images including twins playing chess; a soldier with his rifle; a skeleton; etc. A rare and  unusual grouping of images.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Covers scuffed, worn lacking a clasp; some foxing and internal wear; images with occasional fading, etc., overall very good.
 
Item number:
311201
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