“Frieda Pushnik the “Half-Woman” – posed on a bar stool. The back was signed “Good Luck” by Frieda herself in 1943.
Frieda was born without arms or legs in Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. Her condition was said to be the result of a botched appendectomy on her pregnant mother. In 1933, at he age of nine she appeared at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s fair as the “Armless Legless Girl Wonder”. She performed in 1939 at the New York World’s fair and also with Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey’s sideshow from 1943 to 1955. She died from bladder cancer at the age of seventy-seven in Costa Mesa, California.
Fun things to do with Harry Earles.
Earles with Victor McLaglen & Lon Chaney, The Unholy Three (Tod Browning, 1925 & Jack Conway, 1930)
Chang and Eng, the Siamese twins. 1836. Oil painting by Edouard-Henri-Théophile Pingret. 1788-1885. Chang and Eng 1811-1874. The Wellcome Collection.
Children with ectrodactyly. From Family Skeletons, 1946
Victor McLaglen,Harry Earles,and a couple of tattooed women-the UNHOLY 3 (1925)