PIP and Flip: a Duo of sisters with “pinheads” from the circus of freaks
The fate of people born with certain physical disabilities in the twentieth century was deplorable: as a rule, they became objects of ridicule, performing in circuses for the amusement of the public. The audience was horrified and laughed, surprised and could not believe their eyes. The Duo of the snow sisters from Georgia “became famous” for their extraordinary behavior: adult girls with tiny heads and a level of development, like young children, bribed with naivety and simplicity. To explain their strange habits, the organizers went to some tricks…
“PIP and Flip” was the name of the creative Duo. Despite the fact that the sisters Jenny Lee and Elvira were born in Georgia, the organizers of their performances assured the audience that these girls are Indians from Yucatan. Americans were willing to believe that this is what the Aztecs or Mayans should look like, so they looked with interest at the tiny heads of Jenny and Elvira.
The real reason for their strange appearance was, of course, something else. Both girls had a congenital disease-microcephaly. In this case, the skull does not develop during growth and adulthood, and along with this, the brain remains the same as in a small child. Over the years, the appearance of such people becomes more and more unpleasant. The girls ‘ parents were pragmatic and cruel people. The babies were born 12 years apart, and they were both sent to the circus so that the rest of the family could live comfortably on their fees.
The snow sisters ‘ career began with the movie “Freaks”, in which acting roles were performed by people with all sorts of physical and intellectual disabilities. Later-they were invited to work in the”World Circus Sideshow”.
The fate of the sisters was different: the younger one died young at the age of 21, and the older one lived a long life and even celebrated her 75th anniversary.