Frances Murphy claimed she was born in Madagascar around 1910 and abandoned at birth at a Franciscan monastery. Her name, she said, was given to her by Father Partick Murphy, who brought her to the United States where she attended the prestigious Schuster-Martin School of Drama in Cincinatti. She had had a beard "ever since she could remember".
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The Big and the Small of It This is an old, undated photograph of Martin Van Buren Bates and two unidentified dwarfs. Mr. Bates, who stood 7'5" tall, was born in Kentucky to normal sized parents. During the United States Civil War, he served as a soldier in the Confederate Army. Union soldiers spoke of a giant of a Confederate soldier who was as "large as five soldiers and fought like fifty."
María María Acha-Kutscher From Les Spectaculaires: Women in old circus sideshow Ed. Antimuseo, 2015 The protagonists of Les Spectaculaires series are women who were affected by some type of “abnormality.” Women with an exceptional physical condition that made them unique, such as lacking arms or legs, being extremely short or tall, faces covered with hair, or the conjoined bodies of Siamese twins. The original photographs, with which the artist has worked, are from the late 19th and early…
Isadora Duncan: born in 1877 in San Francisco, raised by a single mother. Dropped out of school at age 10. She took ballet but hated it and quit. She created a new kind of dance, and is now known as one of the pioneers of modern dance, inspired by the art and philosophy of Ancient Greece, the music of classical composers, and the natural world. In her adult life, she became a champion for the women's rights movement.
Lucy Stone - determined that men were reading the Bible in a way to suppress women, she worked her way through school to learn Greek and Latin to prove them wrong. Kept her last name, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands. Considered a true radical for her time, she spoke in public frequently and headed multiple prominent womens…
Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves - Historic photos of "white" slaves from Occupied Louisiana, 1863 and 1864: These children were minority African Mulattoes and most states considered them legally Black for having 1/8th or more African ancestry. As a side note, Sally Hemings was 1/4th African so she and her and Thomas Jefferson's children would have had similar appearance. Racial intermingling, both consensual and non, was much more common in the pre-war South than many tend to believe.
"Maxine-Mina" was born in the Philippines around 1896. She claimed to have been born with total control of all four legs, but the extra pair became atrophied through years of disuse. She was exhibited in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1917 and according to Rear Admiral G. W. Baird, who saw her on exhibition, she still had some control of her extra legs.