This is an unusual Victorian era cabinet card photo featuring two sideshow performers at different extremes. We have the large man, who would have then been known as the circus fat man. We have the skinny man, who would have been known as the same. What gives this photo even more character, though, is the addition of boxing gloves. I'm not sure if any sideshows featured a boxing match between these two performers or if this was just a novelty shot. Whatever the case, it's an interesting piece of sideshow history.
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.