“Mademoiselle Gabrielle—the Half Lady—was a legless marvel from the early 1900’s. She was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1884 and began her freak show and exhibition career at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900 as The Half-Woman…Mademoiselle Gabrielle possessed no legs and, according to a 1929 London Life article, she possessed no stumps whatsoever. Her torso finished just below the hip gracefully.”
He was known as the English Giant, but could also have been called the Friendly Giant. He was Frederick John Kempster, and he joined Astley and Company's American Circus at Chigwell in Essex as a professional giant in June 1911 - not as a "freak" but because he loved people. "It is said he was a happy, well-adjusted chap who liked to talk to the public," said his great-nephew Jim Kempster.
Ces photos vintage de "monstres" de foires vont vous faire frissonner !
20 photos d'anciennes foires aux monstres qui vous donneront des cauchemars. Surtout la oh mon dieu.
Glamour shots of carnival "freaks" of the 1800s were oddly touching
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