A popular attraction at Victorian sideshows were hairy people. By hairy, I don't mean 70's era hippies, who threw away their razors in favor of the natural look. Hairy means hairy in the case of these "attractions." Most of the sideshow hairy people suffered from a disease known as hypertrichosis, in which thick hair grew all over their entire bodies instead of just in the typical places people have hair. I had the privilege of visiting Coney Island a few years back, and Chuy, a man suffering from the disease, was a featured act. Back in the Victorian era, the acts were usually billed with animal names (i.e. such as Jo Jo the Dog Faced Boy and Lionel the Lion Faced Boy). The photos show are: Lionel the Lion Faced Boy (top left), the Hairy People of Burma (top right), and The Minnesota Woolly Baby, Alice E. Doherty (bottom).
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.