Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Skinny on the Fat Man & the Skinny Man

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.

1 comment:

  1. Really enjoyed this piece. I too have a small collection of side show material (some that may interest you, including several views of these performers. Any chance you would be willing to part with this cabinet card?

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