TOD BROWNING'S "FREAKS" (1932)    (above) A rarely seen group shot.  Clockwise, bottom:  Johnny Eck, the half-boy; director Tod Browning;  Frances O'Connor, the living Venus d'Milo;  Pete Robinson, living skeleton and Betty.

TOD BROWNING'S "FREAKS" (1932) (above) A rarely seen group shot. Clockwise, bottom: Johnny Eck, the half-boy; director Tod Browning; Frances O'Connor, the living Venus d'Milo; Pete Robinson, living skeleton and Betty.

Hairy baby     In the 1860s, a photographer named Charles Eisenmann photographed thousands of circus freaks.

Hairy baby In the 1860s, a photographer named Charles Eisenmann photographed thousands of circus freaks.

Impressive talent.

Impressive talent.

A picture in Mike Parker's 'The World's Most Fantastic Freaks' which claims this photo is of Maria de Jesus, born in 1964, who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  I've tried to find information about her on the internet but have, so far, drawn a blank.

A picture in Mike Parker's 'The World's Most Fantastic Freaks' which claims this photo is of Maria de Jesus, born in 1964, who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I've tried to find information about her on the internet but have, so far, drawn a blank.

Girls just want to have fun.  Antique Freak Show, "Fat Lady" ----

Girls just want to have fun. Antique Freak Show, "Fat Lady" ----

Elvira and Jennie Lee Snow, microcephalic twins from Georgia and actors (without their consent) in the movie "Freaks."

Elvira and Jennie Lee Snow, microcephalic twins from Georgia and actors (without their consent) in the movie "Freaks."

Pinheads were extremely popular freaks with showmen, because of their unusual and primitive appearance. They usually suffered from microencephaly

Pinheads were extremely popular freaks with showmen, because of their unusual and primitive appearance. They usually suffered from microencephaly

Sideshow Freaks: Human Oddity I  Cherry Dollface. Shot in Portland or in 2008.  Photo: Travis Haight

Sideshow Freaks: Human Oddity I Cherry Dollface. Shot in Portland or in 2008. Photo: Travis Haight

Original cabinet card portrait by the NY photographer Charles Eisenmann. Eisenmann was well know for his portraits of circus acts "freaks". Found in Indiana.

Original cabinet card portrait by the NY photographer Charles Eisenmann. Eisenmann was well know for his portraits of circus acts "freaks". Found in Indiana.

Giant German Uranus Circus Tallest Man Freakshow | eBay

Giant german uranus circus freak tallest man freakshow sideshow

Giant German Uranus Circus Tallest Man Freakshow | eBay

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