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Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man: Freak Show Act to Gentleman

Joseph Merrick, sometimes called John Merrick, is the best known Victorian freak show act. He is best known as the Elephant Man. Merrick was born in 1862 in Leicester, England. He was like any other child for the first few years of his life, then he began to develop gray, fleshy and boney tumors on […]

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Victorian Freak Shows: People Abnormal in the Eyes of Polite Society

Freak Show. Today the mere mention of the words makes us cringe. To the Victorians, however, a freak show was a great way to seek entertainment for an afternoon. Freak shows featured individuals who were considered abnormal in the eyes of polite society and included little people, the obese, people suffering from gigantism, the deformed, […]

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