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Oddity
    (July 14, 1865-October 22, 1902)
    Born in Marion, Virginia
    Bearded lady
    Exhibited by P.T. Barnum
    Her parents were initially horrified by her appearance.
    Barnum first exhibited her when she was nine months old, billing her as the ‘infant Esau.’
    By age five, she sported a beard, mustache, and sideburns.
    She campaigned to abolish the use of ‘freaks’ to describe sideshow performers.
    She supported her parents on her $150 per week salary.
    She was kidnapped by a phrenologist as a young child (although it may have been a publicity stunt arranged by Barnum).
    Not content with just being stared at, she learned to play the mandolin and was a fine singer.
    She served as a spokesperson for Barnum’s sideshow performers.

Credit: C. Fishel


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