In the XIX century, circus performances were incredibly popular, in which people with all kinds of physical characteristics performed. Some were naturally conjoined twins, others had extra limbs, and others resembled animals. It was the latter that Julia Pastrana belonged to. She was called the “bear Woman” or “lady Monkey”. And all because the woman had incredibly thick hair on her face and body. Continue reading
When the famous Barnum circus came to America in 1884, its chief star was “The most striking example of all possible miracles in the last 50 years.” This “example” was a boy from Russia, covered from head to toe with hair. At that time, such performances were not uncommon, but it was really unusual to see children in them.
As the Barnum circus ad told us, the boy was found by hunters in a remote Russian village. Continue reading