Racial types and people with physical abnormalities exhibited at S. Watson's American Museum of Living Curiosities. Colour lithograph.

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The ethnic types depicted are the following: "African", head of a black man with big lips; "Australians", two aboriginal people with pointed heads; "North American Indian", man wearing head-dress; "Mexican", wearing sombrero; "Soudanese", wearing turban

The "living curiosities" depicted are the following: "A living mystery.", a woman without body below the waist; "The stoutest lady in the world", a fat lady; "Snake charmer", sitting cross-legged, holding two snakes; "The tallest & shortest woman in the Universe, (pretty & of good figures)"; "Neither arms nor legs.", a man without a body below the waist and without arms, placed on the seat of an armchair; "The twoheaded marvel.", a woman who appears to have two heads; "The finest head of hair ever seen.", a woman with long blonde hair down to the ground; "The fat boy"; "The tallest & shortest man in the world. These men are the long and the short of it", the tall man lighting a cigarette from the flame at the top of a gas lamp, the short man standing at the foot of the lamppost. In the centre are are a lion-tamer, a conjurer, and a ventriloquist


(London (18a Fetter Lane) : M.M. Hanly & Co., [1885?])

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1 print : lithograph, printed in colours


S. Watson's American Museum of Living Curiosities, 28 Oxford St., W. Admission 6d. Open from 11.a.m. to 11 p.m.


Wellcome Collection 38989i



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