Vintage Circus Photos
A MOMENT IN HISTORY: TRAGEDY FOR THE FLYING WALLENDAS: Two of The Flying Wallendas fall to the floor after their "living pyramid" of acrobats collapsed when one of the performers lost his balance. Two of the performers, Richard Faughnan and Dieter Schepp, were killed and two were seriously injured in the disaster at the Shrine Circus on February 3, 1962. They never used a net. Over the years many W family members have fallen to their death.
Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton. He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight. By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs. He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He married twice and had 3 average sized sons. He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.