|a 26-month-old hairy baby was one of the attractions on show at the freak circuses around the mid-1800s in New York|
|four-legged myrtle corbin. presumably she had two sets of female genitalia|
|Eddie Masher, "the skeleton dude"|
|'Big-footed' Fanny Mills|
|Anne Leek, the armless lady, joined a freak show to earn a living |
|charles ctratton, the dwarf "general tom thumb"|
my point is that "freak" is a "design" for the masses. part entertainment, part exotic, part wondrous, at the fringes of admissible and the society of the normal. as instrumentalized as they were, these creatures were admired, a social phenomenon which played in both directions.