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Pauline Musters (February 26, 1876 - February 16, 1895), AKA "Lady Dot, The Midget Mite" or "Princess Paulina," was a midget. She was 17 inches tall and weighed 8 1/2 pounds. SHe was the smallest recorded woman ever. She died of pneumonia when she was only 19 years old. A Dutch documentary on Pauline was made in 2002.

Pauline Musters (February 26, 1876 - February 16, 1895), AKA "Lady Dot, The Midget Mite" or "Princess Paulina," was a midget. She was 17 inches tall and weighed 8 1/2 pounds. SHe was the smallest recorded woman ever. She died of pneumonia when she was only 19 years old. A Dutch documentary on Pauline was made in 2002.

16 Real Life Side Show Workers That Probably Inspired "American Horror Story: Freak Show"

16 Real Life Side Show Workers That Probably Inspired "American Horror Story: Freak Show"

Hunterian Museum - Elephantiasis. Image by Mister J. Photography

Hunterian Museum - Elephantiasis. Image by Mister J. Photography

Rare c.1920 RPPC Photo Elephant Skin or Alligator Boys / Sideshow Freaks

Rare c.1920 RPPC Photo Elephant Skin or Alligator Boys / Sideshow Freaks

Hoisting the elephant by - from a set of fairground images found at Discovery Museum in Newcastle

Hoisting the elephant by - from a set of fairground images found at Discovery Museum in Newcastle

Maria Feliciana dos Santos grew normally until the age of 10, when her growth skyrocketed. She was a basketball player, singer and circus attraction. Her first public performances were in 1962 at the age of 16. At 18 she received the title of Queen of Height in a contest in Chacrinha. Although her height was often claimed to be 7 feet 4.4 inches (224.8 cm), her real height was probably no more than 7 feet 0 inches.

Maria Feliciana dos Santos grew normally until the age of 10, when her growth skyrocketed. She was a basketball player, singer and circus attraction. Her first public performances were in 1962 at the age of 16. At 18 she received the title of Queen of Height in a contest in Chacrinha. Although her height was often claimed to be 7 feet 4.4 inches (224.8 cm), her real height was probably no more than 7 feet 0 inches.

Frances O'Connor (1914-1982) was born without arms.  She was known as the 'Living Venus de Milo'.  She worked in the sideshow demonstrating everyday acts that she did with her feet.

Frances O'Connor (1914-1982) was born without arms. She was known as the 'Living Venus de Milo'. She worked in the sideshow demonstrating everyday acts that she did with her feet.

Each bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.

Each bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.

Pinheads "Clarence & Helen" real photo postcard from 1880s.

Pinheads "Clarence & Helen" real photo postcard from 1880s.

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