Julianne Sleebus, a woman with a large beard. Process print, 190-.

Date:
[between 1900 and 1909]
Reference:
2045353i
Part of:
The James Gardiner Collection.
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Description

Photograph of Julianne Sleebus standing posed next to a the end of a bed frame wearing a white blouse, long dark skirt and holding a duster(?)

Publication/Creation

Bruges (Belgique) : Imp. La Comète Belge, [between 1900 and 1909]

Physical description

1 postcard : process print ; 13.9 x 9.1 cm

Lettering

Die weltberühmte Bartdame Frau Sleebus aus Antwerpen mit ihrem 45cm langen Vollbart Lettering printed in black on bottom recto. This roughly translates into English as 'The world-famous beard lady Mrs. Sleebus from Antwerp with her 45cm long full beard'.

Notes

The following description was provided by James Gardiner: "A Belgian bearded lady, c. 1900s, Mme. Sleebus. Bearded ladies such as this (presumably suffererers from the genetic disorder hypertrichosis) were standard fare at carnivals and sideshows throughout the western world from the eighteenth century on."
This work is untitled: the title has been supplied by the cataloguer.

Reference

Wellcome Collection 2045353i

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  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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